Explore this page for tips on how to select, store and prepare peaches.

Also In Season: Summer

Select It

Look for peaches that are slightly firm and have a sweet smell. The skin should have a cream- or yellow-colored background. Avoid buying peaches with bruises, wormholes or a red-colored background.

Store It

  • Place firm, unripe peaches in a paper bag on the counter to speed up ripening.
  • Store ripe peaches on the counter for 1-2 days away from sunlight.
  • Store ripe peaches in the refrigerator for up to 7 days, loose, in the low-humidity drawer. Set the drawer lever to open, so more air is coming in, or just crack the drawer slightly open.
  • Store in the freezer for 2 months either raw (whole or sliced) or cooked in an airtight container.

Reduce Food Waste

Cut out bruised or damaged sections to save the rest of the fruit.

To save a cut peach from browning, squeeze lemon juice on top before storing. 

Source: Save the Food

Prepare It

  • Wash the skin and eat peaches whole, like an apple.
  • Spread all-natural peanut butter in a whole-wheat pita. Stuff with sliced peaches and bananas for an on-the-go snack.
  • Make smoothies using frozen peaches and other frozen fruit. Add milk or yogurt and blend for a refreshing drink. 
  • Add an extra flavor surge to your tea or lemonade. Just crush fresh or frozen peaches in the bottom of a glass before pouring.

Did You Know?

The peach is part of the rose family!

c Peaches help your body heal cuts and wounds because they contain Vitamin C.

a Peaches help maintain good vision, fight infection and keep your skin healthy because they contain Vitamin A.

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Recipes

Savory Grilled Fruit

Ingredients

4 peaches halved and pitted

Source: CA Champions for Change

Serving

Makes 8 servings. ½ piece fruit per serving.

Prep time

13 minutes

Directions

Cook 4 halved peaches over medium, indirect heat for 8 minutes in a covered barbecue grill or pan. Turn after 4 minutes. Serve while hot.

Variations

Add other fruits to the grill such as pineapple and watermelon.

Also In Season: Summer
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