Did you know that peach season is at its peak in July and August? That means it’s time for us to celebrate! We love peaches, and we’re going to share that love with you! We’re answering every question you could possibly have about peaches and sharing some of our FAVORITE peach recipes. Our facts about peaches cover how to shop for peaches, how to store peaches, and the healthy benefits of peaches!
Facts About Peaches: What is a Peach?
Peaches are plump, juicy fruits with a pit and fuzzy skin. Their fuzzy skin and sweeter flavor is what sets them apart from the nectarine, their sister fruit!
When you think of peaches, Georgia peaches might come to mind; but did you know these facts about peaches? They are actually produced in approximately 23 different states! Of course, Georgia is one of the top four states to produce peaches, along with California, South Carolina, and New Jersey!
It’s no wonder that peaches are a popular summer fruit when they’re so delicious and you can enjoy them everywhere!
Facts About Peaches: How to Shop for Peaches
Now that you’ve got peaches on the brain, you might be wondering how to pick peaches at the grocery store!
Many people ask themselves these questions when they’re shopping for peaches: “do peaches ripen after being picked?” and “how do you tell if a peach is overripe?”
An interesting fact about peaches is, Yes! Peaches ripen after being picked, just like avocados, tomatoes, bananas or apples, so it’s okay if you buy them when they’re not quite ready yet. DON’T buy them if they’re green, though! You want to look for peaches that are golden in color.
Fun fact about peaches: did you know that the redness on a peach isn’t a sign of whether or not it’s ripe? It’s actually a sunburn! The same thing goes for mangoes!
When you’re shopping for peaches at the grocery store, check for bruises, flat spots, wrinkly skin and scratches. Weigh the peaches in your hands, and carefully feel them while you’re at it! Another good fact about peaches is you can tell whether a peach is “ready” or not by how soft it is. If they’re very soft, they’re ready to eat. If they’re a little bit hard, store them for a bit before you eat them!
Do you smell your oranges when you pick them out at the store? You should smell your peaches, too! If they don’t smell like anything to you, they probably won’t taste like anything, either. This is an important fact about peaches: If you can smell that peachy goodness, then you know you’ve got a good peach!
Facts About Peaches: How to Store Peaches
How you should store your peaches depends on how ripe they are! Did you buy peaches that need a bit more time before you bite into them? Store those peaches on the counter at room temperature until they’re the perfect ripeness.
Once your peaches are ripe (or if you bought ripe peaches!), you should store your peaches in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator. Ripe peaches are good for about three to five days! If you cut them, they’ll only last for about three days tops, so keep them whole if you’re storing them.
Useful fact about peaches: You can freeze your peaches, too! When frozen, peaches can last for months! You might ask, then, how do you freeze peaches? You can freeze your peaches in slices or whole!
The easiest way to freeze your peaches whole is to wash them, dry them, and then put them on a tray to put in the freezer. Leave the skin on! Once they’re frozen, take them out and put them into freezer bags, then place the peaches back in the freezer.
Yes, it’s that easy! Not to mention, peach skin is easy to remove once they’ve been frozen in this way. In fact, if you take a whole frozen peach and run it under cold water, the skin should come right off, no peeling necessary!
Healthy Facts About Peaches
Not only are peaches juicy and delicious, but they’re good for you, too! Fact is, peaches offer many health benefits. They’re full of nutrients!
For example, did you know these facts about peaches? Peaches contain ten different vitamins, like vitamin A and vitamin C? It’s true! Peaches are full of highly nutritional minerals, too, such as calcium and potassium, which are important to any diet. They’re also low in calories, contain no fat or cholesterol, and are a great source of fiber.
Finally, peaches are rich in antioxidants, and also promote healthy eyes, skin, and digestion! That’s a lot for just a single fruit, and they’re so tasty, too!
It’s a fact! Everyone could use peaches in their diet! Visit our article on Peach Health Benefits for more information.
Facts About Peaches: Easy Peach Recipes for Every Day
It’s easy to add peaches to your every day meal plan! Peaches are, in fact, perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert.
- Make peach smoothies! Smoothies are a great way to add peaches to your diet. Freeze your peaches, blend them up with your favorite yogurt and other fruits, and enjoy a peach smoothie, like this Ginger Peach Yogurt Smoothie from Cozy Peach Kitchen!
- Slice peaches to top off your breakfast! Adding peaches to your cereal, oatmeal, or even pancakes is a great way to start the day off with a serving of delicious and nutritious fruit. We love these Peach Pie Overnight Oats from Lemons + Zest for breakfast!
- Preserve your peaches as jam! Peach jam is a great way to add peaches to your diet and is perfect for the summer. Masala Herb even has a Peach Jam Recipe without Pectin!
- Need a snack? Dice up peaches to enjoy with a granola bar, yogurt, or just on their own. Peaches are good for you AND tasty, so they make a great snack even on their own!
- Peach salsa is a great way to use your peaches for savory foods, like your favorite fish taco recipes or even spicy burger recipes like this Spicy Bean Burger from Krumpli!
Facts About Peaches: Peaches for Sunday Supper
Yes, you can enjoy sweet, juicy and delicious peaches for dinner. One of our favorite peach recipes for dinner is…
Peached Glazed Pork Chops and Stuffing from Life Tastes Good! This is an easy meal that you can enjoy any night of the week, made with sweet peaches, savory pork, and homemade stuffing. We’re happy to tell you that this easy recipe only takes about 30 minutes to make, too!
Here are more of our favorite peach recipes for Sunday Supper:
- Blackened Smoked Salmon with Peach Salsa from Garnished Plate
- Sweet Peach Curry from Fit as a Mama Bear
- Peach, Goat Cheese and Prosciutto Flatbread from The Forked Spoon
- One Skillet Peach Glazed Chicken by The Seasoned Mom
- Asian Peach Glazed Chicken by Sunday Supper