9 Recipes for a Summer of Perfectly Peachy Dishes

On a hot summer day, biting into a ripe, juicy peach is the epitome of a taste of summer – one bite that can quickly be ruined by the peach being not quite ready or just a little too ripe. This summer, you’ll never have to worry about that or about finding a peach recipe to make for breakfast, dinner or dessert, because we have tips and peach-based foods to keep you tastebuds perfectly peachy all season long.

When trying to find a ripe peach, let color clue you in. The Los Angeles Times recommends looking at the color around the stem, because if that area is still green, you’ll need to let your peach ripen at room temperature for a day or two before enjoying. Only refrigerate your peaches once they are fully ripe. More telling than color, though, is the feel and smell of the fruit.

When a peach is hard — like a baseball — the Mercury News cautions that it is not ripe or ready to eat. Once it starts to give, it is almost at its most flavorful, and soft peaches are ripe, juicy, and good to eat. You’ll need to be careful once the fruit hits this stage, because it will easily bruise. The scent coming from the fruit is another sign: When you can actually smell peaches, you have a ripened piece of produce. But before you pick your peaches, choose one of these nine recipes to make.

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1. Peach-Banana Smoothie

Drink in the season with Pillsbury’s smoothie, which is full of fresh fruit and yogurt. A dash of honey is the only extra sweetener you’ll need for a drink that wouldn’t be out of place for breakfast or could help you cool down on a hot summer day. The recipe yields 2 servings.

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium banana, cut up
  • 1 ripe medium peach, pitted, sliced
  • 1 (6-ounce) container low-fat peach yogurt
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 cup small ice cubes

Directions: Combine all ingredients in blender container; blend 1-2 minutes or until smooth and frothy.