What am I?
I'm fuzzy and sweet. I'm also finicky, which means I like things a certain way. My tree needs a mild winter - not too warm and not too cold. I like the perfect amount of sun, and if my tree is not pruned (cut back), I won't grow sweet fruit.
I am native to Asia, but my desired fruit was transported across the world by Spanish explorers.
Where I grow
I grow on trees. Unlike many fruit trees, I don't live very long. My tree lives between 8-25 years.
In the spring, my bright pink flowers bloom. The wind pollinates the flowers, and then my fruit can grow. Except, if all the flowers turned into fruit, my tree wouldn't be able to support them! So farmers hand-pick flowers off my branches.
After I'm picked
Farmers hand pick me when my skin has no yellow or green. Once I'm picked, set me on the counter, or if I need to soften, put me in a brown paper bag. If I'm put in the fridge, I will dry out and lose flavor. My fuzzy skin protects me and locks in moisture, which makes me more juicy. That's why you should only wash me right before you're ready to eat my fruit. I can also be baked, canned, and even grilled!
Did you guess... Peach
Peaches are sweet and juicy stone fruits. Stone fruits have a pit in the middle. Did you know a nectarine is just a peach without fuzz?
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One of my favorite things about summer is the fresh berries and fruit in season. There's nothing like biting into a juicy summer peach or a ripe strawberry (and they are even sweeter when they are wild)! When I think back on my summers as a kid, peaches come to mind. I couldn't wait to go to the the farmer's market or grocery store with my mom and find the juiciest peaches. This is an experience I want to share with my children, too. Well... and let's be honest, I'm still a kid at heart, too! Peaches for the whole family!
It's not always easy to get ripe or juicy peaches in the midwest. That's why we've created a summer snack that is delicious, easy, and fun! This is the perfect recipe to use a bruised, over or underripe peach. We added strawberries for a yummy twist, but you can use a variety of fruits based on what's in season and available.
If you have kids and don't have a popsicle mold, you're missing out! You can usually get molds for about the same price as store-bought popsicles made with fruit. If you don't have popsicle molds, you can use wooden popsicle sticks and paper cups. Making your own popsicles allows you to cut out added sugar, use bruised and overripe fruit, and of course, make memories!
Pair this summer treat with sunshine and shorts!