Dress up fresh fruit with this simple recipe. Peaches are in season mid-May to mid-August depending on your location, so summer is the perfect time to take advantage of juicy, ripe peaches.
⏲️ Time needed
Most of your prep time will be slicing and pitting the peaches, but this delicious summer dish only takes about 15 minutes to make.
- sliced and pitted peaches
- chopped pecans
🍑 How to select and store peaches
How to tell if a peach is ripe
The delicious sweetness of a perfectly ripe peach is the ideal for any recipe calling for peaches, but how do you know if a peach is ripe? There are two main types of peaches sold in grocery stores—white and yellow. Yellow is the most common, but white peaches are becoming more popular. Here is how you evaluate yellow and white peaches for ripeness:
Color. Always look at the yellow or white part of the peach to determine ripeness, as the red color doesn’t tell you anything. Look at the color near the stem, where the peach has not been exposed to as much sun. For yellow peaches, the yellow part should be a golden color; for white peaches, the white part should be a cream color. Never buy a peach with any green on it, since this indicates that it was picked before it reached maturity.
Feel. The feel of a peach is the best indicator of when it will be ready to eat. You’ll want to think about when you will be using peaches in relation to the purchase date when you choose them; if you are shopping a few days before you will serve the peaches, be sure to look for peaches that are not fully ripe.
Be careful not to press too hard when testing a peach or it will bruise. Hold it in the palm of your hand and very gently close your hand around it. A peach that is firm but not hard and has a little give to it will be ready to eat in 2-3 days. A peach that is soft but not mushy is ready to eat immediately.
To hasten ripening, put peaches in a paper bag with the top rolled down to seal it and leave them at room temperature.
Smell. A ripe peach should smell just like you expect it to taste.
How to store peaches
Never wash peaches until you are ready to use them. Unwashed fruit lasts longer than its washed counterpart, so it is best to wash it just before using.
Peaches should be stored in one layer (to prevent bruising) at room temperature. Once ripe, they can be moved to the refrigerator to extend their life for a few days.
Sliced peaches, like sliced apples, will start to oxidize once the flesh is exposed to air. A little citrus juice on the raw flesh will help prevent browning.
🍲 Dietary restrictions
This recipe is gluten-free and vegetarian.
Preheat oven to a low broil (if you can’t adjust your broil level, plan to place your pan on a lower rack). Place prepared peaches on a broiler pan and drizzle with honey. Sprinkle nuts over peaches and place pan in the preheated oven for 5 minutes. Serve warm.
Honey Nut Peaches
- 3 small peaches, pitted and sliced
- 3 Tbsp chopped pecans
- 3 tsp honey
- Preheat oven to a low broil (if you can't adjust your broil level, plan to place your pan on a lower rack).
- Place prepared peaches on broiler pan and drizzle with honey.
- Sprinkle nuts over peaches and place pan in preheated oven for 5 minutes. Serve warm.
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