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Peaches are either clingstone or freestone. This term refers to how easily the flesh separates from the pit. Freestone peaches are available starting in mid-June. The Southern states of Georgia and South Carolina provide fresh market peaches from May through July, and the peach-producing Northern states harvest from July through September.
Selecting the perfect peach
Peaches can be enjoyed at any stage of ripening. A uniform yellow background color with no green around the stem and a fragrant aroma are the qualities to look for when judging ripeness in peaches. Do not refrigerate firm fruit –the temperature will stop these fruits from ripening. Store peaches on the kitchen counter so they will reach your optimum preference for firmness. When the peaches are fully ripened or past maturity, then they may be placed in the refrigerator or frozen.
Grilled Peaches with Cinnamon Butter
1 stick unsalted butter 1 tsp cinnamon sugar 2 tbl granulated sugar Pinch salt 4 ripe peaches, halved and pitted Canola oil Mint leaves, for garnish In a small bowl add the butter and stir until smooth. Add the cinnamon sugar, granulated sugar and salt and mix until combined. Heat grill to high. Brush peaches with oil and grill until golden brown and just cooked through. Top each with a few teaspoons of the butter and garnish with mint leaves. Recipe courtesy of Bobby Flay
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