Ok guys, we are officially in June and that means I can now call it summer without that little voice in my head saying “Gina, it’s May. May is not a summer month, delete that word.” Yeah, that actually happens. Which is part of the reason I get so agitated with the early pumpkin pushers. You throw pumpkin in my face in August and we’re gonna have words. Ok not really, but I’ll secretly hate you behind this computer screen.
A Guide to Peaches
So, June = summer and you know what summer means? PEACHES.
My all time favorite fruit. Try and tell me anything is more delicious than a sweet juicy summer peach and I’ll immediately dismiss any credibility you may have had in my book. Nothing beats a peach. Nothing.
So what’s the skinny on this amazing summer fruit?
Peak season: May – October
Varieties: The most popular is the cling-free peach but white peaches and donut peaches are also widely available. Personally, I’m a huge white peach fan. Donut are cute, but not enough bang for your buck with those little guys.
What to look for: Local peaches are best if you have access to them. They bruise easily and therefore are hard to transport. Look for fruit that isn’t bruised, without any hint of green near the stem and a well defined crease. Smell the fruit. If it smells how you’d want it to taste (peachy!) then it’s a good pick.
How to store it: Store unripe peaches on the counter in a single layer (<–great tip to avoid mold growth). Once softened and ripe, they can be transferred to the refrigerator to halt the ripening process. They’re best eaten within a week.
How to prepare it: Obviously, peaches can be eaten without any preparation and just enjoyed out of your hand. Of course, you can bake them, grill them, poach them and even pickle them too.
Nutritional benefits: Peaches are high in vitamins A and C.
And because I don’t want you to miss even 1 day of peach season, here are 35+ recipes to get your peach on!
Peach recipes from Running to the Kitchen
Peach recipes from around the web
Grilled peach and coppa pizza
Sweet ream roasted peach bruschetta
Ginger peach pie
Peaches and cream quesadillas
White peach mini galettes
Gingered peach crumb cake
Fresh peach and riesling sorbet
Frozen peach margaritas
Peach brown betty
Roasted peach muffins with cinnamon streusel
Peach infused vodka
Grilled peach salad with jalapeno vinaigrette
Sauvignon peach vanilla ice pops
Peach slab pie
Peach and pecan quinoa salad
Baked peach almond oatmeal
Tomato peach burrata salad
Habanero peach jam
Deep fried peaches and ice cream
Roasted peach buckwheat pancakes
Gluten free peach french toast bake
Vanilla honey peach butter
Peach mint bourbon sweet tea
Balsamic peach bundt cake
Peach tomato gazpacho
Ricotta pizza with peaches
Peach honey sangria
Fresh peaches and cream muffins
Peach chai frozen yogurt shake
Maple glazed sweet potatoes and peaches
Grilled peach salad with peach cumin dressing
Ginger shortcakes with fresh peaches