Another theme week.
Sorry I couldn't help myself.
This week is peach week here on the K.C.
This themed week was totally irresistible, due to the succulent, juicy flavorful peaches we have had this year. Last year's peaches were a big, fat disappointment, but this season they are simply perfect!
First up this informative article I wrote for meal planning/recipe site Food on the Table, all about, yup, peaches. Oh and don't forget to check out some of the drool worthy peach recipes from around the web at the bottom of this article.
Originally from China, peaches quickly spread through the European continent and were later brought to the United States by the Spaniards in the early 1600’s. Peach trees thrive in warm temperate climates, and today can be found growing in Georgia, California, Texas, and South Carolina.
Peaches, along with plums and apricots, belong to the rose family. They are a stone fruit due to the hard seed or pit found in the center. Peaches have a distinct rosy blush skin that is covered in a unique fuzz and contain a pinkish-white to yellow-gold flesh.
Peaches are a low calorie food, full of vitamins and nutrients. They are an excellent source of Vitamins A and C, potassium, and a variety of vital antioxidants.
When selecting, choose peaches that are firm to the touch but whose flesh gives slightly when squeezed. Fresh peaches should have a strong aroma and be brightly colored. Avoid peaches that are bruised and blemished or overly green in color.
It is best if ripe peaches are consumed immediately, however, to store, place in refrigerator for 3-5 days. Under ripe peaches should be stored at room temperature until ripe enough to eat, approximately 2-3 days. To freeze, wash, peel and remove the pit from ripe peaches. Place in a tightly sealed freezer safe package and freeze for 3-6 months.
There is nothing like a fresh flavorful peach for a simple summer snack; but peaches can lend themselves to a variety of dishes and cooking methods. They can be eaten raw on cereal, in salads or salsa and even blended in smoothies. Bake peaches in pies, cobbles, and cakes or whip up a batch of peach jam. But use caution and remove the skin of the peach before baking as the skin will become tough.
Looking for new ways to use those peaches this summer? Check out some of the recipes below that I am 'peachy keen' for!
Peach-Whiskey Barbecue Chicken (The Pioneer Woman)
Georgia Peach Tea (Kitchen Concoctions)
Cherry Peach Sangria (Eat Yourself Skinny)
Green Monster Smoothie (Kitchen Concoctions)
Peaches and Cream Blondies (Culinary Concoctions by Peabody)
Peach Pie Fruit Salad (Kitchen Concoctions)
Peach Bellini (The Novice Chef)
Strawberry Peach Cobbler (Kitchen Concoctions)
Gingery Chicken with Peaches (Iowa Girl Eats)