Peaches taste soooo good and they offer so many health benefits that you will want get the best peaches and deal with them properly for maximum enjoyment.
How to Buy Peaches
To make sure you have a good for you juicy, sweet peach here is what to look for:
- Always buy organic Peaches are always on the Dirty Dozen list. 12 Foods You MUST Eat Organic
- Peaches bruise easily so don’t use your fingertips to check for firmness. Hold the peach in your whole hand.
- There should be a slight give to the flesh; not rock-hard or mushy.
- Make sure there is not green around the stem meaning they aren’t fully ripe)
- Avoid ones that have shriveled skin as that means they’re old.
- A well-defined crease.
- Ripe fruits yield to gentle pressure and feature sweet aroma.
How to Store Peaches
- To ripen peaches keep them on the counter at room temperature until they are ripe.
- Once they are ripe, store peaches in the crisper bin of your refrigerator (they will keep for up to five days).
- Tip: To quicken the ripening process, place peaches in a paper bag.
- Slightly hard but mature fruits can be kept at room temperature until they ripen.
Tips for Eating and Cooking
Ripe peaches that have been stored in the refrigerator should be brought to the room temperature before being eaten to enjoy their full flavour.
Wash them in cold running water rubbing them gently to remove the peach fuzz just before eating. Eat fresh ripe peaches whole along with skin as this is where many of the nutrients are.
To prepare for baking, cut the peach lengthwise deeply until the hard seed felt and then remove the seed.
Sliced peaches will turn brown with the exposure to air due to conversion in iron form from ferrous oxide to ferric oxide. If you are serving them sliced, it is best to rinse slices in water added with few drops of fresh lemon.
Find you have more peaches on hand than you can eat or make into something right away? Try freezing them, slice them, lay them on a baking tray and put in the freezer for a few hours until they’re frozen through. Then put the peaches into a re-sealable plastic bag and freeze until ready to use. They’ll keep at least 6 months (longer in a free-standing freezer) and are perfect to use in baking. It is much the same as Freezing Berries
About Diana Herrington
I am the Founder and Author at Real Food For Life. Have been teaching cooking classes worldwide since 1982. Create original, healthy recipes and menus, which are gluten free and white sugar free. Also, the author of the GREEN means LEAN and Balance Your Body e-books. I turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar free, gluten free eating and cooking.