Harvest of the Month: Peaches

Peaches are a delicious, refreshing, and versatile summer fruit. One of the largest fruit crops grown in the United States, they are packed full of 10 different vitamins, as well as dietary fiber, minerals, and antioxidants. Peaches also help maintain a healthy immune system. You’ll find the freshest peaches from July through August.

How to Select

To select peaches, pick ones that are firm to the touch, and soft but not mushy. Try not to squeeze the peach, as it will bruise easily. Look for the fruit to have a golden or yellow under color. And make sure you select peaches without bruising or blemishes.

How to Store

Peaches that are more firm should be ripened at room temperature for a few days. When peaches are ripe, you should refrigerate them and eat them within a week of purchase.

How to Prepare

Peaches can be eaten raw. To peel the fruit, cut along the base of it with a knife and place in boiling water for about 30 seconds. Then transfer to a bowl of ice water. Remove the fruit and pull the skin away with a knife. If you want to remove the peach’s seed, use a knife to cut along the stem and around the seed. Twist to separate it into two halves. Use the knife to cut around the seed and lift it out.

Try peaches in a delicious Raspberry Peach Mango Smoothie Bowl.

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