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This season’s sweet peaches are brought to you from right here in the Southeast. Enjoy locally grown Georgia and South Carolina peaches at their peak the end of spring and start of summer.

Publix partners with growers to provide consumers with high-quality fruit that is grown close to home. Our growers must be passionate about the fruit they grow and passionate about meeting our customers’ expectations.

Did You Know?

Florida was home to the first peach orchard in America brought here in 1565 by Spanish explorers. Surprisingly, peaches are a member of the rose family. In Hungary, peaches are known as the “fruit of calmness.”

The only difference between peaches and nectarines is the fuzzy skin peaches wear. If you’re not a fan of the fuzz, simply skin the peaches by dropping them into a deep pot of boiling water for about 30 seconds and transferring them to a cold water bath; the skin will slide right off.

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Delicious and Nutritious

Peaches are a good source of vitamin C. You can add these to your morning smoothies or grab them on the go as a snack. This summer why not try something new? During your next cookout, throw a few peaches on the grill. Yes you heard me, grill them! Fruit can be enjoyed in so many ways and grilling them is a delicious way to switch things up. Check out our blog on grilling fruit or try this recipe.

Including peaches into your diet is a great way to focus on hydration while limiting intake of added sugars. Our Aprons chefs developed these delicious better choice recipes without the added sugars to keep you hydrated this summer. Try our Grilled Peach Gazpacho or Golden Tomato & Peach Soup.  While making better choices for your meals, check out our other recipes including peaches this season.

Selecting and Storing Tips

While shopping in your local produce department looking for the perfect peach, remember these tips. You want to select a plump peach with a strong aroma and vibrant color. Peaches are ripe when they’re soft and have a few wrinkles around the stem.

You may think that a bowl full of peaches is beautiful and will add a great summer color to your kitchen table. You are right. However, you are damaging the soft fruit and it will become mealy, losing its sweet juicy flavor and ripen unevenly. When storing peaches, place them on newspaper or paper towels stem-side down in a cool area away from direct sunlight and allow them to ripen naturally. Once they reach your desired level of maturity (usually two to three days), store them in your refrigerator bin until you are ready to use them!

 

 

How will you be enjoying your peaches this season? Share your favorite summer recipes in the comments below or reach out to us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

 

Monique B.

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Monique B. began her journey at Publix in 2010, where she fell in love with the fact that, as an associate, she was also part owner of the company. Since then, she has dedicated her skills in organization and creativity to Publix, taking a special interest in social media. At the end of the day, she hopes The Publix Checkout leaves you with the knowledge that Publix is more than just a grocery store – we’re experts, we’re family, and we’re here to help!

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