Peaches are in season right now and can add a nice touch to any meal.
Why are Peaches good for you?
Peaches are a source of Vitamins A & C.
They are also a good source of fiber.
How should you buy peaches?
Choose peaches with a yellowish golden background color. A red blush does not necessarily mean the fruit is ripe. Peaches should be firm, or "give" slightly at time of purchase.
Do not buy green, brownish or wrinkled peaches.
How much is one pound of fresh peaches equal to ?
2-3 medium peaches
2 cups sliced
1 1/2 cups pureed
How should I store my peaches?
Treat peaches gently to avoid bruising.
What should I do if my peaches need to ripen? Place them in a loosely closed paper bag at room temperature. Check daily. A ripe peach is firm but yields to gentle pressure, and it has a strong, sweet smell.
When ripe how should I treat my peaches? Wash peaches in running water, and if desired, gently rub off "fuzz". Store in the refrigerator in a plastic bag.
How long will a ripe peach keep? Ripe peaches will keep 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator.
What is the best way to serve peaches? Serve at room temperature for best flavor.
What is the best way to peel a peach? Dip peaches in boiling water for 20 seconds. Remove with a slotted spoon and dip in cold water. The skins will come off easily.
How do I keep my peaches from turning brown?
Sprinkle with lemon or orange juice. Be sure to coat all the peaches well as the peach’s contact with air is what turns it brown.
How can I serve my peaches?
Put sliced or chopped peaches on:
cereal (hot or cold), grits, pancakes or waffles, salads, plain or vanilla yogurt, cottage cheese, pudding, ice cream or frozen yogurt.
What can I do to dress up the peaches?
Add a dash of nutmeg or cinnamon for a fancy touch!
Source: University of Illinois Extension