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Eat a Perfect Peach Today!

Believe it or not, today is Eat a Peach Day — if you don't believe me, maybe the fact that you can send ecards celebrating it might persuade you. In honor of the day, I say you go out and have yourself a lovely unadulterated peach. First, you'll have to pick yourself a good one, here are a few tips on how to do that:

  • Peaches are very delicate, so pick them up gently to avoid bruising.
  • Select peaches that are slightly soft to firm when pressed, avoid ones with soft spots.
  • Be sure to smell for fragrant peaches. The more fragrant the smell, the sweeter it should be.
  • Look for evenly shaped peaches and avoid ones with blemishes.
  • Stay away from ones with green tints as they will not ripen fully.
  • Although they continue to ripen after picked, the sugar production ceases. So even though they will soften, if they are not sweet when hard, they won't become sweeter when soft.
  • You can soften peaches faster by placing them in a loosely sealed brown paper bag.
  • Yellow peaches are the most common, but white is also widely available and has a slightly more delicate flavor.

Do you have any great peach picking tips? Let us know in the comments below!

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beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i haven't had a peach in so long! they weren't available (nothing good anyway!) last summer in vancouver and now it is winter for me here so no peaches until next summer i guess!
bfly1133 bfly1133 9 years
Woo hoo! I can celebrate when I eat my peach today. :)
ellebelle125 ellebelle125 9 years
Peaches are especially great on the grill with a little amaretto and vanilla ice cream! There are some fantastic recipes on the web!
ALSW ALSW 9 years
Some good tips there. Nectarines for me today, sorry!
ccsugar ccsugar 9 years
Ahh that makes sense askmetostay. Thanks!!
Lorelei-Spirit Lorelei-Spirit 9 years
Peaches are my favorite fruit!
crispet1 crispet1 9 years
Oh, I actually did eat a peach. It was the best one Ive had in a long time!
askmetostay askmetostay 9 years
ccsugar, it is the drought! it's also partly because we had some warmer weather when it was supposed to be cold, so some trees budded, and then it got cold again and they died. but goodness gracious, i LOVE peaches...sprinkled with a little sugar, there is nothing better.
tee0206 tee0206 9 years
Okay, that was weird. I meant to say, I love white peaches. I'm in Texas, and Texas peaches aren't too bad. California does seem to have the best peaches, though.
tee0206 tee0206 9 years
I <3 white peaches. I'm in Texas, and some Texas peaches aren't too bad. It does seem like the best peaches are from California, though.
ccsugar ccsugar 9 years
I think it's funny that I live in Georgia, "The Peach State", and every time I go grocery shopping the best peaches are always from California. The peaches from GA are all small and sorta rotted looking. Maybe it's because we're going through a drought right now. Either way, it's kinda ironic!
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