No fruit offers a truer taste of summer than a perfectly ripe peach.
Peaches are part of the family known as stone fruits, referring to the pit in each fruit. There are hundreds of peach varieties, varying in color, flavor, shape and texture. Commercial orchards generally grow a number of varieties so that each matures at a different time. Peaches have a very short harvest window — 7 to 10 days — which is why you see so many different varieties for sale over the course of the summer. Peaches are available in most parts of the US from May through October, but their peak season is July and August.
A peach's sweetness varies considerably depending on the variety. In general, yellow peaches have a higher acid content, which gives them a hint of tartness. White peaches, on the other hand, have very low acid and taste extraordinarily sweet. Likewise, donut or Saturn peaches — a relative newcomer characterized by their small size and squashed or flattened shape — are also very sweet and low in acid.
Why choose organic peaches?
How to select and store peaches
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Earthbound Farm Organic Peaches are a good source of vitamin C, which promotes wound healing, supports a healthy immune system, and helps keep skin healthy.
Peaches are well-known for their fuzzy skin, which (along with the flesh) contains good amounts of antioxidants, including beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A in the body when needed. Within the context of a healthy diet, these antioxidants may play a role in reducing the risk of certain chronic diseases.
Try adding peaches to a spinach salad, or eat them with other produce that contains iron; the vitamin C in peaches helps the body absorb the iron found in plants.
Why choose organic peaches?
Peaches are #5 on the Environmental Working Group's “Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce,” a list of produce that carries the most pesticide residues when grown conventionally. You can lower your dietary exposure to pesticides substantially by avoiding the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables, and choosing organic for those items instead.
At Earthbound Farm, we grow our organic peaches without toxic synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, using sustainable farming methods that protect the environment and help keep pesticides out of our soil, air, water and food supply. Organic food is the healthiest choice for people and the planet — and we think organic peaches taste better, too!
WhatsOnMyFood.org from the Pesticide Action Network shows you searchable results for fruit like peaches and a wide range of other organic and conventional foods. It’s an easy-to-use and empowering tool for learning about pesticide residues and their health effects for all of us.
Sweet, juicy peaches aren't just a signature summer treat — they're packed with vitamins, minerals and fiber, too.