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Fuzzy-skinned peaches are part of the stone fruit family. There are hundreds of peach varieties, and all fall into two main categories: freestone (with easily removable pits) and clingstone (with firmly-attached pits). Most fresh peaches sold in markets are freestone, while clingstones are used primarily for canning.
Eating perfectly-ripe peaches over the sink is one of summer’s greatest pleasures. But why stop there? Make the most of peach season by adding this delectable fruit to a variety of dishes. Blend peach slices into smoothies or tuck diced peaches into decadent cheesecakes. From traditional cobblers and crisps to updated dessert twists (peach shortcakes, anyone?), peaches add a burst of honeyed flavor to any treat.
Desserts aside, don’t forget to add peaches’ bright, sweet flavor to main courses. Thread slices through kabobs for grilling, or dice them and mix a quick fruit salsa to serve with fish and chicken dishes. Pork dishes shine when slathered with a peach glaze or paired with grilled peach halves. You’ll find more savory and sweet ideas in our peach recipe collection. Just remember to squirrel away a few jars of freezer jam before the season ends. You’ll thank us later.