August has greeted North Iowa about as perfectly as can be. I love the crisp, cool mornings followed by pleasantly warm afternoons. Fifty-five or 65-degree temperatures as the sun comes up make wonderful walking conditions. Afternoon temperatures around 82 without the blistering heat and humidity of early summer make outside work a joy. Fresh fruits and vegetables are bountiful, too.
One of my favorite fruits of this season are peaches. Did you know that August is National Peach Month? August 22 is National Eat a Peach Day. Instead of sending an apple to school for your child’s teacher, consider sending a peach!
Peaches —plums, apricots and almonds—are part of the rose family.
Peach fuzz is controlled by a single gene. Nectarines are virtually an identical species without the fuzzy skin gene.
To neatly and easily skin a peach, drop a few peaches into a pot of boiling water. Let them set for about 30 seconds and then transfer them immediately to cold water. The skins will come off as you rub the peach.
Just as Iowa is known as the Tall Corn State, Georgia’s nickname is the Peach State because Georgia farmers are known for producing high quality peaches.
California farmers produce 60% of all the peaches in America.
Peaches originated in China and have been cultivated since 79 A.D. Wild peaches are small, sour and extremely fuzzy. Thanks to plant breeding innovation, we enjoy large and sweet peaches today.
Peaches symbolize good luck, protection and longevity.
Bring some good luck to your family as you savor the last of summer’s goodness with peaches! Recently I picked up a half peck of peaches while driving home from Missouri, and they filled my car with the most wonderful peachy smell. If your peaches aren’t fragrant, they aren’t quite ripe. But have no fear!
Peaches will ripen more quickly in a brown bag on your counter. Check them every day until they smell wonderful and feel soft to the touch. (Click here for peeling and baking tips from The Pioneer Woman. You’ll also find a recipe for Grilled Peaches with Brown Butter Sauce in her blog post.)
I’m thinking about serving Chipotle Chicken Taco Salad with my favorite Peach Cream Pie recipe for Sunday supper. This is the last weekend before school starts and the high school football season begins, so I feel like our family should sit down together and savor this slice of summer while we can! What are you planning to serve this weekend?
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