It’s hard to think of any time better than peak peach season – when the weather is warm, and the peaches are perfectly ripe, sweet, and juicy. Peach season refers to the peak time for picking and enjoying peaches. It may occur anytime between April and October, depending on the climate. While the South may be the most well-known for its peaches, the total U.S peach production is over 690,000 tons each year. Unfortunately, going to an orchard, farmers’ market, or even your local grocery store during the season doesn’t guarantee that all the peaches will be ripe. So help yourself avoid biting into an unripe peach by learning how to identify a perfectly juicy peach.
- If you notice wrinkles around the stem of a peach, it means the fruit is ripe and ready to eat. The wrinkles show that water has begun evaporating from inside, intensifying the peach’s sweetness and bringing it to its best flavor.
- Ideally, you want your peach to have a deep, golden yellow color. Always steer clear of any peaches with hints of green, which means it’s under-ripe, or a red blush resulting from excess sun exposure.
- Always go for peaches that smell sweet. If a peach has no aroma, it won’t taste as good as a sweetly scented peach.
Once you’ve picked the best peaches, you can use them in many different ways. Peaches can be eaten in sweet or savory dishes, and can be cooked several ways, too! Try them grilled on a salad, roasted and topped with ice cream, or even fresh in a spicy salsa! Check out this easy fruit salad recipe for everyone to enjoy on a hot summer day. Or, finish off your day sweetly with a nice peach cobbler recipe for the whole family to love.