Dried Fruit ChewsDo you look forward to adding fresh, ripe, juicy-sweet peaches to breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and desserts in a variety of ways? I do! Of course, eating peaches out of hand is always a favorite, but why stop there? For example, try Peach Coconut Freeze for an elegant and easy summer dessert.
Look for peaches with skins that show a background color of yellow or warm cream. The amount of pink or red blush on their cheeks depends on the variety and is not a reliable indicator of ripeness. Undertones of green indicate the peaches may have been picked too soon. Choose fruits that are mildly fragrant and that yield slightly to pressure along the seam, even if they may otherwise be fairly firm. Peaches at this stage of ripeness will soften if kept at room temperature for a few days. (Avoid rock-hard peaches.)
This summer, when the peaches are at their best, take full advantage of every last succulent juicy, ripe one you possibly can! Here’s how:
Slice ripe, juicy peaches. Serve over pancakes, waffles or cereal. These Fluffy Cottage Cheese Pancakes would make a delicious base for fresh peaches.
Make fruit salad with peaches, coconut, dates and bananas.
Grill peaches for your next cookout. Try our Grilled Peaches with Dandelion Greens and Ginger Dressing or these delicious Spicy Grilled Peach and Chicken Kabobs. For dessert, Rum Butter Glazed Grilled Peaches are perfect over ice cream or pound cake.
Blend up peach and cardamom smoothies with peaches, yogurt, cardamom and a bit of honey to taste.
Make chilled fruit soup with peaches, or make our Sweet Corn Soup with Peaches. Serve hot, cold or room temperature.
Sauté peach slices in a little butter, ghee or coconut oil. Add cinnamon and nutmeg. Serve over fresh or frozen yogurt.
Dried Fruit Chews are a great snack and a tasty addition to cereal, cookies, muffins, pancakes, quick breads or leafy green and whole grain salads.
Make homemade peach ice cream. For a non-dairy treat, try Peaches ‘N Honey Soy Gelato.
How about a nut butter and sliced peach sandwich?
Add peaches to leafy green or whole grain salads. This Arugula Salad with Peaches and Blue Cheese is flavored with extra-virgin olive oil, prosciutto and lemon.
Grilled Pork Burgers with Savory Pickled Peaches is absolutely wonderful! Tip: Leftover pickled peaches can be added to turkey or ham sandwiches or eaten with pita chips.
If you’re a fan of strawberry shortcake, try our Peach Melba Shortcake. It’s a simple recipe made with peaches and raspberries.
If you have a favorite peach recipe, share it in the comments section below.