Peaches, A Taste of Summer

by Lisa Stauber | July 9th, 2008 | Recipes, Tasty Thoughts

Ah, summertime. The farmer’s markets are full of fresh produce, and it’s a foodie’s paradise.

Peaches are a taste of sunshine, happily plentiful and cheap during the hottest days of the year. Here are four ways to enjoy summer’s best fruit.

  1. Eat out of hand. This is the most popular way to eat fresh peaches, and it’s portable, too. Wash carefully and chomp away!
  2. Slap ‘em on the grill. Use freestone or cling free peaches, as the pit is easily removed. Peel, cut in half, and pit. Place on a hot, oiled grill for about three minutes, flip, and repeat. Sprinkle with cinnamon or baste with butter for extra flavor. The smoky heat really brings out the flavor, and it’s a great, healthy summertime dessert!
  3. Salsa can be sweet. Salsas don’t have to burn to be good! Fruit salsas are wonderfully refreshing and add sweet flavor to an otherwise bland meal. Dice two peaches, a mango, and a jalapeno, and mix together with a squeeze of lime juice. Garnish with chopped cilantro, and serve over grilled chicken.
  4. Save some for winter. If you have a freezer, you can preserve your peaches for the dark, cold days to come. Simply peel, pit, and cut 4-5 peaches into slices. In a saucepan, combine ½ cup of water and ¼ cup of sugar. Heat and stir until the sugar dissolves, but do not boil. Add 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon. Let the mixture cool, then pour over the sliced peaches. Put it in a zipper style freezer bag, and freeze. These are great over waffles, pound cake, or ice cream.

Peaches are naturally healthy, and one cup provides 20% of the recommended daily allowance of vitamins A and C, and only 70 calories. Enjoy this decadent treat, guilt-free!

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