Peach season is here, and we at 3 Guys from Brooklyn are excited to offer fresh, juicy peaches to our customers in Bay Ridge and beyond. Peaches are not only delicious, but they are also packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that can benefit your health. In this blog post, we'll share some tips on how to pick, prepare, and store peaches, as well as talk about the differences between New Jersey and Georgia peaches. We'll also include a featured dessert recipe that highlights the sweet, juicy flavor of peaches.
Health Benefits of Peaches
Peaches are a great source of vitamins A and C, which can boost your immune system and help protect your body against diseases. They also contain potassium and fiber, which can aid digestion and promote heart health. In addition, peaches are low in calories and high in water content, making them a great choice for hydration and weight management.
Picking and Preparing Peaches
When picking peaches, look for ones that are firm but slightly soft to the touch, with a golden or yellow background color and a red blush on the cheek. Avoid peaches that are too hard, green, or bruised. To prepare peaches, wash them under cool running water and pat them dry. You can then eat them as is, or slice them up for use in salads, smoothies, or desserts.
To keep your peaches fresh, store them at room temperature until they are ripe, then transfer them to the refrigerator to slow down the ripening process. Once they are cut, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days.
New Jersey vs. Georgia Peaches New Jersey and Georgia are two states known for their peaches, but they have some differences in look and flavor profile. New Jersey peaches are usually smaller and more delicate in texture, with a sweet and tangy flavor. Georgia peaches, on the other hand, are larger and firmer in texture, with a more intense sweetness and flavor. Both are delicious in their own way, so it's a matter of personal preference.
Featured Dessert Recipe: Peach Crostada Looking for a delicious dessert recipe that highlights the sweet flavor of peaches? Try our Peach Crostada! This rustic Italian dessert is similar to a pie or tart, but easier to make. Here's what you'll need:
For the crust:
• 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
• 1/4 cup granulated sugar
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 10 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
• 3 tablespoons ice water
For the filling:
• 4-5 fresh peaches, peeled and sliced
• 1/4 cup granulated sugar
• 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
• 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
• 1/8 teaspoon salt
Start by making the crust. In a food processor, pulse together the flour, sugar, and salt until combined. Add the butter and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add the ice water and pulse until the dough comes together in a ball. Flatten the dough into a disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 375°F. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough into a circle about 12 inches in diameter. Transfer the dough to a parchment-lined baking sheet.
In a large bowl, mix together the sliced peaches, sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Spread the peach mixture evenly over the dough, leaving a border of about 2 inches around the edge. Fold the edges of the dough over the filling, pleating as you go.
Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbling. Let cool for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
At 3 Guys from Brooklyn, we're proud to offer fresh, high-quality peaches from New Jersey and Georgia to our customers. Visit us today to pick up some juicy peaches and try out this delicious dessert recipe.