In order for your peaches to ripen properly, do not place them in the refrigerator. Simply put them on your counter at room temperature until they reach your desired ripeness. For faster ripening, place peaches in a brown paper bag on kitchen counter. Once your peaches have reached your desired ripeness, then and only then should you place them in the refrigerator. Upon being placed in the refrigerator, they should last an additional week or so. For maximum flavor, allow your peaches to reach room temperature before eating (about 30 minutes). Once your peaches are sliced, you can add a few dashes of lemon juice or coat with a citric acid solution to prevent excessive browning.
Peaches are a good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Niacin and Potassium, and a very good source of Vitamin C.
- The two basic types of peaches are clingstone and freestone. In clingstone peaches, the flesh “clings” to the “stone” of the peach, making it difficult to separate. This type is more suitable for processing. The pit of freestone peaches “freely” separates from the flesh, making it ideal for fresh consumption.
- The peach is a member of the rose family, and there are over 700 varieties of the fruit.
- A large peach has fewer than 70 calories and contains 3 grams of fiber.