A whole peach and a half peach

How to select

Choose firm, fuzzy peaches that are free of blemishes and give to light pressure.

How to prepare

  • Rinse peaches under running water and pat dry with a clean cloth or paper towel. 
  • Using a sharp knife, cut the peach in half around the pit. 
  • Twist each half in opposite directions to separate the halves and remove the pit.

How to store

Unripe peaches should be kept in a paper bag. Store ripe peaches at room temperature for 1-2 days.

Peak season


Ways to use

  • Try baking, broiling, or sauteing peaches. 
  • Peaches taste great warm from the grill; place them on kabobs with your other favorite fresh fruit. 
  • Have a peachy morning: add peaches to hot oatmeal, French toast, yogurt, or scones.

Fun facts

  • In Hungary, peaches are known as the "Fruit of Calmness." 
  • The U.S.'s first peach orchard was founded in Florida in 1565. 
  • There are 300 different kinds of peaches with the most popular being yellow, white, donut, and nectarine. 
  • The fuzz on a peach is to protect it against water.

Nutrition info and facts

Peaches contain vitamin E, which helps protect cells from damage. Peaches provide copper, which your body needs to help make new red blood cells. Peaches contain potassium, which helps maintain healthy blood pressure.

1 medium peach = 50 calories, 15 g carbohydrate, 13 g sugar, 2 g fiber, 1 g protein, 6% recommended daily vitamin A, 15% recommended daily vitamin C.

Learn more

Growing stone fruits in the home garden (UMN Extension)

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Have a Plant. Peach.

Healthy Family Project. Peaches.

Lane Southern Orchards. 9 Fun facts about peaches.

Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Health benefits of peaches: A delicious summer fruit. June 2015.