A ripe peach is one of the most delicious summertime fruits or get a taste of summer by using peaches year round. Peaches are classified as stone fruits because they contain pits, or stones, inside. Other common stone fruits are nectarines, plums and pluots. Peaches are unique stone fruits, because they have a soft fuzz on the skin, which is safe to eat or can be peeled.
At home, store peaches on the counter at room temperature until ripe. Tree-ripened varieties are sometimes available and this means that the peaches reached their maturity before being picked.
Spices and seasonings that go well with peaches are almonds, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, coriander maze, sherry, marsala, rum and armaretto. The versatility of peaches has grown beyond just a fresh fruit, it is now used as a good match with poultry, pork and veal dishes. Peaches will always remain a favorite ingredient for sweet and luscious desserts.