Peaches

Single Peach on TreeSeason: August-October

Peaches are one of  summer’s most anticipated fruits. Picked at the peak of ripeness, Idaho peaches are large, sweet and drip-off-your-chin juicy! Unlike peaches grown elsewhere and shipped to Idaho, locally grown peaches are allowed to ripen on the tree leading to a juicier and more flavorful fruit.

Peach Basics

What To Look For: Ripe, yellow-fleshed peaches should have a golden hue behind their reddish blush. That blush is not a sign of ripeness it’s just where the sun shone on the peach. Lighter yellow color means a less-ripe peach. Avoid peaches that are bruised, scratched or have wrinkly skin. It’s also important to pay attention to the smell and feel of each fruit. Most peaches should smell the way they taste. No smell usually means no taste and is an indicator of an under-ripe peach. Ready-to-eat peaches should feel heavy for their size, but the “give” of a peach can tell you how ripe the fruit is. Hold the peach in the palm of your hand and gently squeeze with your whole fingers to gauge how hard or soft the peach is. Real “give” when you squeeze means the peach can be eaten right away or left out on the counter for a day or two before becoming soft. Soft peaches will bruise slightly when you squeeze and should be enjoyed right away.

How to Store: Store at room temperature until ripe – refrigerating peaches before they are ripe can lead to loss of flavor, texture and appearance. To hasten ripening, place peaches in a paper bag at room temperature and check daily. Once ripe, place peaches in a plastic bag and refrigerate.

Where to Find: Look for sweet and juicy Idaho peaches at local retailers like Whole Foods, Winco, Albertsons, local farmers markets and road-side fruit stands. Peaches can also be purchased at the orchard where some u-pick opportunities might be available.

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