Peaches are available year-round, with a peak season during the summer months.


When selecting peaches, look for fragrant fruits that are firm to the touch but give slightly when gently squeezed. Avoid those with bruises or soft spots. To ripen peaches, place them in a paper bag at room temperature until they yield to gentle pressure. Ripe fruit can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days. Peeled and sliced peaches should be refrigerated and used within two days. Whole ripe peaches may also be frozen for several months; just wrap each one tightly in plastic wrap before putting it into the freezer. Dried peaches will keep for several months if kept cool and dry in an airtight container.

Health Benefits

Peaches are a good source of vitamins A and C, potassium and dietary fiber. They are also packed with disease-fighting antioxidants that help to reduce inflammation in the body and protect against certain diseases. Peaches contain compounds that may help improve digestion, lower cholesterol levels and even protect against cancer. Eating peaches can also help to boost immunity, keep skin healthy, promote weight loss and improve heart health.

To enjoy the full range of benefits provided by peaches, make sure you choose those that are fresh and ripe. When shopping for peaches, look for firm fruit that is fragrant yet still slightly firm to the touch but give slightly when gently squeezed. Store them properly to maximize their nutrient content and enjoy them as part of a balanced diet!

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