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August is National Peach Month: Enjoy This Succulent Fruit in Season!

I may be wrong, but I think it is safe to say that the peach is one of the most loved fruits worldwide. While it does not grow in all parts of the world, its appeal definitely crosses geographical boundaries. One look at these fresh peaches for sale at a farmer’s market, and there is no need to wonder why peaches are so popular. One bite of a juicy fresh peach, and you will be hooked!

Peaches at Farmer's Market

Peaches at Farmer's Market

In the United States, most people think that peaches originate from Georgia. This is not surprising simply because this state produces the most peaches in the country. However, the real origin of peaches is China, would you believe? It is said that peaches have been cultivated since 1000 BCE!

In Chinese culture, the peach holds a special place. The tree itself is considered the “tree of life”. The fruit represents many things including immortality and unity. The Chinese also believe that peaches have mystical properties, and they are associated with good luck and protection. Whether you believe those things or not, there is no denying that a sweet, succulent peach can bring a smile to anyone’s face! This fruit is so pleasant that it has even made its way to some English idiomatic expressions. For example, when you are feeling wonderful and everything is just right, you say you are feeling peachy.

The prevailing idea is that peaches are best eaten fresh and ripe, but there is so much more that you can do with peaches. There is, of course, the all-time favorite peach preserves, which is worth knowing how to make if you have access to lots of fresh peaches. But why not explore the other things you can do with peaches – both fresh and canned?

If you are looking for a reason to smile and enjoy the summer more, why not try some of the most delicious peach recipes that we have? Oh, and August is National Peach Month, so it’s the perfect time to indulge in this fruit!

Start it right with peaches

Cajun Appetizer Meatballs

Cajun Appetizer Meatballs

We all know that in order to pull off a wonderful meal, you need to get every stage just right. And there is no other way than to make sure that you choose the perfect appetizer to start the meal. Peaches might not be the first thing to come to mind when choosing appetizers, but never doubt the versatility of this mystical fruit! This Cajun Appetizer Meatballs recipe offers a perfect blend of spicy and sweet, which you and your guests will certainly love.

If you do not have much time, but you still want that nice mixture of spicy and sweet, here’s an alternative – Chili Chicken Appeteasers. For sure, these will get your guests ready to devour the main course.

Other lovely starters using peaches are:

Peaches in the main course

Glazed Ham with Peach-Ginger Sauce

Glazed Ham with Peach-Ginger Sauce

Peaches may also not be the first ingredient that you think of when planning the main course. However, peaches actually complement many other ingredients very well. In particular, peaches work well in sauces and glazes. Take this recipe for Glazed Ham with Peach-Ginger Sauce. I don’t know about you, but the mere thought of having this for dinner makes my mouth water!

Peaches – the canned kind, even – also go very well with chicken. This Chicken with Spiced Peaches recipe is a perfect example. In addition to the juicy flavor of the peaches, the mixture of spices such as cinnamon make the dish very enjoyable. Another way to use peaches in a chicken dish: Moroccan Peach Roasted Chicken.

More ideas for peach-infused main dishes:

Heavenly desserts with peaches

Grilled Peach Melba

Grilled Peach Melba

Admit it – this is the part that you have been looking forward to the most. When we talk of peaches, it’s dessert that really shouts out. And when it comes to dessert and peaches, there is no other thing that occupies the mind: Peach Melba.

This classic dessert was made in honor of Nellie Melba, an Australian soprano back in the late 1800s. The person credited with inventing the dessert is French chef Auguste Escoffier, who then worked at the Savoy in London. Today, Peach Melba is definitely one of the most popular desserts all over the world.

How is Peach Melba made? So many varieties have cropped up but traditionally, this dessert combines peaches and raspberry sauce with vanilla ice cream. It can also be topped with nuts such as almonds. Here are some other interesting variations of this classic dessert:

French Peach Pie

French Peach Pie

As mouthwatering as Peach Melba is, there are tons of other desserts that you can make with peaches. Take this French Peach Pie for example. Don’t tell me that simply looking at the picture (and the recipe) does not make you crave this pie!

And if you like your butter – the real deal, no substitutes considered! – then this Brown-Butter Peach Tart will make your day. The recipe is meant for 12 people, but I have a feeling that it might be good for less than that if you have a sweet tooth.

Peach dessert recipes that will make you want to skip the meal and go straight to the sweet stuff:

While the peach is in season, why not enjoy the fresh fruits as much as you can? Not only are peaches delicious, but they contain essential vitamins that will keep you feeling peachy all month long!

Peaches at Farmer’s Market via vpickering

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