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Peach – Care Tips

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Peaches are much like bananas in their ripening character. While the ripening process is stopped in citrus when picked, peaches continue to ripen even after being picked from the tree. Cold temperatures can slow the ripening process of peaches, but they will continue to slowly ripen even in refrigeration.

Peaches are best picked when mature and with full color, but still firm enough to handle without damaging them, and when only a short time remains for them to finish ripening under your watchful eye. Thankfully, by this time all the sugar is already in the peach and only a little more ripening time is required to unlock its delicious flavor.

  • Look through your peaches and remove fruit that you wish to finish ripening for immediate use including any bruised or soft fruit, just like you do with bananas, apples, etc., so that they do not cause trouble for other pieces touching them.
  • Dry peaches off if wet due to condensation after coming out of refrigeration.
  • If you leave firm peaches left out at room temperature, they will finish ripening in 1-3 days. One (1) day at room temperature equals 6-7 days in your refrigerator.
  • Refrigerate your peaches (35°F to 50°F) so they do not finish ripening too fast for you. Basements, root cellars, etc., are not cool enough to slow ripening very much. Be cautious since frost-free refrigeration may remove moisture from the peaches faster than they can develop.
  • Allow 1-2 days of ripening before refrigerating for best results, then remove fruit as desired and leave out overnight or until preferred ripeness is achieved. No set of instructions works exactly the same for everyone.
  • Best results are achieved if extra care can be taken to separate individual peaches from each other, if room is available.
  • Do not store peaches in plastic bags. Plastic bags will keep moisture on or near the fruit, encouraging mold growth.
  • To peel a peach, dip in boiling water for 30 sec. Then in cold water. The peel should slide off easily.
  • To keep peaches from darkening after slicing, simply treat with orange juice or lemon juice.

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