Millions of (Palisade) Peaches

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Brooke Dilling |@brookefrances

It’s my favorite time of year in Colorado: peach season. There is nothing like a fresh Palisade peach. I picked up my first box (or three) of local peaches today. My kids and I will go through about 80 pounds of peaches before the season is over; it’s how we soak up every last bit of the Colorado summer.

While Georgia is famous for its peaches, I’d pit a Palisade peach up against a Georgia peach any day. (See what I did there?)

So Good and So Good for You

The unique climate of Palisade, Colorado allows just the right combination of sugars, acids, texture and color to grow the best peaches I’ve ever tasted. Colorado peaches are delicious and pack a nutritional punch, too.  

One peach--about 2 ½ inches in diameter--provides  6% of your daily recommended vitamin A  and 15% of daily recommended vitamin C. The same peach also contains 2% or more daily value of vitamins E and K, niacin,folate, iron, choline, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, zinc and copper. The health benefits of eating peaches also include warding off inflammation and weight gain. Stone fruits, like peaches contain compounds to  fight obesity and Vitamin B, found in peaches, helps keep your metabolism in check, too.

Peaches contain folic acid, important to us broads because folic acid plays a part in healthy pregnancies and child development. There is also  research to suggest peaches may help fight cancer cells, especially breast cancer.  

Peach Pick Up

Looking for where you can pick up local peaches? Grocery stores across the front range currently have them in stock. You can find them at farmer’s markets, too. You can also buy them directly from Palisade producers here. Either look for a location near your house to stop by and purchase, or you can order peaches and have them delivered directly to your door; the website shows delivery dates through October. Although, when I stopped by the Palisade Produce stand today, the woman at the stand indicated the best bet for buying peaches for home delivery is now through the first week of September. You can order now and have the peaches delivered later in the month, too.

Enjoy

Once you have your peaches in hand, what should you do?

  • Eat them! They are delicious all by themselves – enjoy the taste of summer direct from Palisade, Colorado.
  • Cut up your peach, add granola and yogurt, and enjoy your breakfast or mid-afternoon snack.
  • Make a peach cobbler. My favorite recipe comes from the cookbook A Boat, a Whale and a Walrus.
  • Freeze them for a later use, like baking or smoothies.
    • Wash and leave the skins on. Slice into sections. Lay slices on a cookie sheet and freeze so the peaches won’t clump together in a bag. Double bag your peaches in a zip-top bag and freeze until you are ready to use them. Peaches should last for about 1 year in your freezer.