Peaches are the quintessential summer fruit and lucky for you they are in peak season during the months of July & August, which means peach season is in full swing! We have already made it a point to enjoy the sweet fuzzy fruit by the pounds right from our hands as is or by baking them into a delectable dessert, such as pie, cobbler, compote, or jam. Whatever the method of preparation and consumption the outcome has been just peachy. Though peaches are most commonly known for their sweetness we ap-peach-iate their stellar performance when paired with savory dish – as seen with our rustic and savory peach galette.
There are countless reasons to justify why you should buy few pounds of the sweet fruit and when you do, don’t be alarmed by all the variations hitting the shelves. It may be hard to decipher the differences between all those variations but we’ve compiled some peachy facts that will help you decide what to take home.
Yellow Peaches are a purist classic! If you crave a sweet and juicy bite with just the right amount of acidity to give an after bite tang, yellow peaches are your go to! You will recognize this variation for their golden yellow – orange flesh and red-orange blushed skin.
FUN FACT: Peaches are yellow or white and all peaches are fuzzy
If you like easy eating and want a mild and sweet flavor and little acidity then white peaches are your peach of choice! This sweet and mellow variety is super easy eating out of the hand as is. You can recognize this variety by the yellow-orange skin and pink-white flesh.
FUN FACT: A large peach has fewer than 70 calories and contains 3 grams of fiber. It is a good source of vitamins A and C.
If you are itching to get your bake on you’ll want to load up on some Freestone Peaches. These gems can be yellow or white and is this variety is the most commonly known peach variety so you’ll likely see this one when you pay a visit to the grocery store. When you cut into Freestone Peaches the pit falls right out! You can imagine, this is a total godsend if you need cut a lot! Another reason why this variation is ideal for baking is the grander size and they tend to be less juicy which is great because other components of the dish won’t be supersaturated with excess moisture.
FUN FACT: Peaches are a part of the rose family
If compote or preserves are in your near future then the Clingstone Peaches are your JAM! Unlike Freestone, Clingstone Peaches clings to the fruits flesh making it a little more difficult to get the pit free. Clingstone peaches are typically smaller, softer and sweeter with a juicer flesh which is why they are great for canning or preserving. This variation might be tough to find at the local grocery mart but you might have better luck at your local farmers market.
FUN FACT: In Hungary, peaches are called the Fruit of Calmness because they can help reduce anxiety
Donut be fooled by the name, this is a peach and it is also commonly known as a Saturn peach! First, we really dig the name. Second, we love the appearance! Though these peaches are smaller they pack in the power of sweetness. These peaches are great for just about everything but I like to use them as a burst of sweetness within my savory dishes and mixing into drinks.
FUN FACT: 50% of your peaches are sourced from California!
We didn’t cover all and every peach variety but knowing what you know now you can ap-peach-iate the peach variations and their differences! Have a peachy day!