For the Love of the Georgia Peach
Perfectly ripe peaches are truly one of the joys of summer . This month in anticipation of the arrival of this year’s crop, we celebrate Georgia peaches with a few simple recipes and activities for the entire family.
Fresh, delicious Georgia peaches are only available a short 16 weeks out of the year (from mid-May to August). We hope you take the opportunity season to enjoy one of life’s sweetest pleasures! Bon Appetite!
For the Kids!
How to plant a peach pit (also works with nectarine and apricots). Save a peach pit and you can grow your own fruit tree.
- Clean the pit and store it in the refrigerator in a plastic bag until September or October.
- Place the pit about five inches beneath the soil surface.
- In the spring, your tree will start to grow and be visible by July.
- Keep the tree watered and fertilized (use fruit tree spikes from your garden center) and you’ll have fruit in 2-3 years!
Seven Reason to Love Peaches
Peaches are virtually fat free. A medium size peach contains less than one gram of fat.
Peaches are naturally sodium free.
Peaches have no cholesterol.
Peaches are a low calories snack. A medium size peach contains only 40 calories.
Peaches contain vitamin A which helps us see in dim light.
Peaches are considered a good source of fiber.
The experts tell us that the easiest way to store peaches is by freezing them. Canning is also a great option but requires a bit more work.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
1/2 cup lemon juice preferably from freshly squeezed lemons
2 cup water
4 peaches that are slightly soft to touch but not too mushy. Mushy peaches do not freeze well
1. Rinse the peaches off under cool water, gently scrub off the dirt.
2. Bring a pot of water to a boil and gently place your peaches in the hot bath for about 40 seconds, then remove them with a slotted spoon into a bowl with ice water. The peach skins will easily be peeled off when in the ice bath. Leaving the skin on is also an option, and this step can be skipped.
3. Cut the peaches. Slice the peaches in half, quarter them, or cut them in slices.
4. Toss the cut peaches in a lemon/water bath with a 1:4 ration of lemon juice to water. This will prevent the peaches from developing that yucky brown appearance.
5. Place your freshly bathed peaches on a cookie sheet. Be sure they each have their own spot on the sheet to prevent peaches from sticking together. Place the cookie sheet in the freezer for approximately 1 hour.
6. Once frozen on the cookie sheet, use a spatula to separate the peaches from the sheet. Place the peaches in your freezer-friendly container of choice and enjoy all year long!
Recipe courtesy by Live Simply.me