How Do I Use and Store Fresh Peaches?




Is anything sweeter than a Georgia Peach? Yes- reducing food waste!


Peaches (“Tao zi” 桃子) are native to China and have been cultivated for more than 4,000 years. They have become synonymous with the State of Georgia for the multiple varieties that have been cultivated in the region.


Where Can I Get Fresh Peaches?

To get the freshest peaches visit a farmers’ market in June and July. The Hyde Park Farmers Market (Open Sundays from May to October) is a vibrant market with fresh, local produce from vendors who support regenerative, sustainable, regional agriculture! The farmers at “Backyard Orchard” expect their peaches to be ready the first week of July.


Liz Stites runs the Hyde Park Farmers Market and reminds us that the market is an important part of a wholesome, resilient the local food system.


Are Peaches Good for Me?

Peaches are a sweet treat on a hot summer day. They are a good source of vitamin A and vitamin C as well as relatively low in calories compared to other fruits.

Eaten fresh, frozen, or as salsa, peaches pair well with dozens of fresh local products. Learn to store your peaches here!


What can I do with Peach Pits?

For the home cook, peach pits are best composted. They contain chemical compounds that are unsafe for humans and pets.


In partnership with the Hyde Park Farmers Market, nearly 200 patrons recycle their food scraps each week with CompostNow. Participants receive a bucket, fill it with inedible food scraps, and return each week.


The Hyde Park Farmers Market and CompostNow work hard to make sure leftover, quality produce is used to feed hungry people before being sent to compost. In partnership with the Society of St. Andrew and Last Mile Food Rescue, leftover produce is reallocated to food access points throughout the region.


Peach Salsa:


Ingredients:

  • 1 Large Tomato- Diced

  • 1 Bell Pepper (Any Color)- Seeded and Diced

  • 2 Jalapenos- Seeded and Diced

  • 1 White or Yellow Onion- Finely Chopped

  • 2 Peaches- Diced

  • ¼ Cup Cilantro- Chopped

  • Juice of Fresh Lime

  • 1 tsp Garlic

  • 1 tsp Salt

  • ¼ tsp Pepper


Directions:

  1. Dice tomatoes, peppers, onion, peaches, and cilantro and place in a bowl.

  2. Add juiced lime, garlic, salt and pepper.

  3. Let rest for at least one hour.

  4. Serve!



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