Niagara Summer Peaches

Enjoy Niagara Peaches this Summer!

You can buy fresh, local Niagara peaches in the summer months of July, August & September.  Peaches are a nutritious snack that can be eaten fresh from the farm, cooked into a dessert, made into a preserve, or canned to enjoy later in the year. 

When buying peaches, look for ones that are relatively firm, and have a smooth skin with a sweet smell.  Try to avoid peaches that have a wrinkled skin, a greenish tinge, or have bruising. 

How do you store peaches?

You can leave the peaches on your counter at home out of direct sunlight, but once they get ripe (softer to the touch), we suggest storing them in a single layer in the refrigerator for a maximum of 5 days.

Preparation

Always clean your fruit by gently washing it under running water.  To skin the peach, put it in boiling water for 30-60 seconds which helps the skin to come off more easily. Make sure to immerse the whole peach.  The skin should come off with just rubbing your finger over the skin, or use a paring knife to gently pull the skin away from the peach flesh.  You can now slice the peach to the required size and discard the centre pit.  To keep the slices from browning, toss them in a little bit of lemon juice.

Tips on Freezing Peaches

Sliced peaches can be frozen to be used later in desserts, or a great addition to a healthy smoothy.  Use a large bag with a lot of space to keep the peach slices separated while freezing.  This way it will be easier to take only a few peach slices out at a time.  You can put them into a smaller bag once frozen. 

Nutrition Information

1 medium Peach contains 38 calories, 9 g Carbohydrates, 2 g Dietary Fibre, and a good source of Vitamin C.

Source: www.ontario.ca  

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