This Salsa is Just Peachy

This Salsa is Just Peachy

Aug 03, 2017

 

Peaches are one of my favorite summer fruits!!  I grew up with a few peach trees right in my back yard, which made it oh so convenient to grab a ripe juicy peach whenever I wanted!

With so many varieties of peaches to choose from it can be confusing and hard to tell just which ones to pick!

Here are a few varieties to look for:

  • Freestone Peaches – their flesh doesn’t stick to the pit (also known as the stone).  They tend to be larger & less juicy compared to clingstone peaches. These are one of the most common peaches found at the store.
  • Clingstone Peaches – their flesh “clings” to their stone. They tend to be softer, sweeter & juicier than the freestone peaches (not always easy to find at the store)
  • Yellow Flesh Peaches – the most common type of peach sold in the U.S.  They have more acid tang compared to white peaches.  Choose those that feel heavy for their size.
  • White Flesh Peaches – their flesh is white and usually firmer and maybe even a little crunchy compared to yellow flesh peaches.  They tend to be sweeter and be lower in acid.
  • Doughnut Peaches – these are a heirloom variety that are only available during a short period of time.  They are flat (shaped almost like a doughnut), have white flesh and are also low in acid.

Here are some tips:

  • Choose peaches with firm, fuzzy skins that yield to gentle pressure when ripe and have a distinct sweet peach aroma.
  • Look for a nice yellow color near where the stem was to indicate it wasn’t picked too soon.
  • Avoid peaches with blemishes.
  • Store unripe peaches in a brown paper bag on the counter.
  • Once ripe peaches should be stored on the counter and be consumed within 1-2 days

In celebration of National Peach Month here is a tasty recipe that incorporates both fruits and veggies into a sweet and slightly spicy salsa that is delicious with chips, as a topping on your salad, grilled chicken or pork!

Ginger Peach Salsa

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Preparation Time:  15 minutes   Number of Servings: 6                  

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 1 small jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced (or mild banana pepper if you don’t like spicy food)
  • 6 large ripe peaches, peeled and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • Black pepper, to taste
  • Salt to taste (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a medium sized bowl, mix the red onion, jalapeno pepper (or mild pepper), chopped peaches, cilantro, and grated ginger until evenly distributed.
  2. In a small bowl whisk together the honey, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lime juice, and salt (if using).
  3. Add the vinaigrette ingredients to the peach salsa bowl and toss well to evenly coat.
  4. Add cracked black pepper to taste and mix gently one more time. Enjoy

Tips:

  • Pairs well with tortilla chips or as a zesty topping on fish such as swai, tilapia, or salmon.
  • Add a yellow bell pepper for added crunch and color.

Nutrition Facts (per serving and does Not include adding salt):

Calories: 116     Protein:   1gm    Total Carbohydrates:  20gm    Fiber: 2.4gm   

Total Fat:   5gm    Cholesterol: 0mg    Sodium:   3mg

Melanie Kluzek, Registered Dietitian for County Market

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