It's peach season. Even if you're in a colder area where peaches simply do not grow, no matter how lovely the summers, peaches are still in season in warmer areas, so it's the time of year to enjoy them. The experience of biting into a mealy or under-ripe peach, however, can be daunting (or is that just me?), so I buy my peaches very, very carefully. Usually, I stick to buying directly from farmers at farmers markets who will not just let but insist that I tastes their wares, all the better to know what I'm buying. If that's not an option for you, check out this quick guide to How to Buy Peaches for tips on choosing perfectly ripe fruit.
If you end up with not-quite-right specimens, there is still hope. Peaches continue to ripen after they're picked, as long, that is, as they're not picked too green. See How to Ripen Peaches for tips.
Once you get them home, you want to take good care of these delicate summer fruits. See How to Store Peaches to keep them at their juicy best.
Were the peaches you sampled so good you bought more than you can possibly eat this week? Fear not. They freeze beautifully and your reward will be sunny bright peaches to eat when things aren't so sunny and warm outside. How to Freeze Peaches.
I have two favorite ways to cook peaches - something I do once everyone has had plenty of simply sliced peaches over ice cream or yogurt. First, I need to make at least one Peach Pie every summer. Second, I grill them. So simple and so delicious. See How to Grill Peaches for details.