August 22 is National Eat a Peach Day, and, well, you can guess how you're supposed to celebrate.
That's right -- sink your teeth into a juicy, plump, sweet peach! Peaches are definitely a quintessential summer fruit, whether in the form of a cobbler, ice cream or just biting into the perfect refreshing, ripe fruit.
Are you stumped on how to pick out the perfect peach? Here's what you need to do, according to Frog Hollow:
You might think that you want a red peach, but that's not necessarily true. Thanks to genetic modification, most peaches look red even when they are not ripe. Instead, keep an eye on the background color – it should be a deep gold hue and not at all pale.
Give your peach a gentle, yet firm squeeze (not hard enough to bruise it) with your fingers. If there is a little bit of give, you'll know that it'll be ripe in a couple of days.
The skin should be shriveled around the stem. You don't want it too wrinkly or soft elsewhere, but shriveled skin around the stem shows that it has started to release enough liquid to soften it up.
Want to make some peachy desserts today? Try one of these:
This is a pretty easy and amazingly delicious use for peaches, especially if you have more than you know what to do with. Peach butter is super decadent and amazing as a dessert topping, by itself or even as a topping for savory food. You'll love it.
For a different spin, try these dark, complex flavors with your peach butter. A couple drops of vanilla extract wouldn't hurt either! You can totally make this one in the slow cooker too, although we recommend cooking the alcohol out on the stove for a few minutes first.
There's nothing like a classic peach cobbler in the summer, and the minimal effort required to make this one just seals the deal.
There's nothing like fresh peach ice cream. If you want to add toppings, you can't go wrong with some candied pecans or homemade salted caramel bourbon sauce (recipe here).
In case, for some reason, regular peach ice cream isn't special enough for you, kick it up to the next level with this tangy savory-sweet combo.