Fragrant, juicy, and bursting with flavor, peaches are delectable summertime fruits. This is how to enjoy peak peach season (with pie, obviously), plus why you should be eating peaches on the daily.
Buying Fresh Peaches
The peach is a type of stone fruit that come into season in the summertime across the United States. Typically, peach season is May through September, with peak harvest in July and August.
Find local and organic peaches at a farmers market or grocery store near you. Choose organic peaches when possible, as the Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that peaches contain the fifth highest amount of pesticide residue (as noted on the 2017 Dirty Dozen list.)
Local peaches tend to be slightly more delicious, as they didn’t have to travel long distances and get bruised and bumped in the process. Not to mention, trucked-in peaches tend to be picked before fully ripe, producing a less-sweet fruit.
When choosing peaches at the market, look for color. Peaches should be vibrant and bright in color without any green spots. The latter usually means the peach was picked too soon off the tree.
Peaches can be either yellow or white, and their flavor differs depending on color. Ben Wenk of Three Spring’s fruit farm in Pennsylvania notes that “yellow peaches are your traditional peach flavor, the white peaches taste like those same yellow peaches dipped in the sugar bowl.”
Be gentle when selecting peaches, Wenk advises. “As you’ll see, a delicate squeeze is important in choosing good peaches, but tree ripened peaches are to be handled with the same caution as eggs.” Gently squeeze the peach ever so slightly to sense its stage of ripeness. If the peach is soft and starts to give, the peach is ready to eat. Too soft? Pass on the peach; it is most likely overripe....