Peaches

(Recipe from Jennifer at Natural Things Foods Store)

Peaches do not seem to need a recipe. You just eat them! But I admit to enjoying with relish a good peach cobbler. We often only associate fruits with sweet desserts, but I wanted to create a savory one instead. Not that it doesn’t have its share of sweetness, but it is balanced with savory flavors, too. I make a version of this in the fall with figs, but peaches seemed perfect for a summer dish.

 

Savory Peach Tart

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Ingredients

  • 3 large peaches
  • 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 large egg
  • handful of arugula leaves
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3 sprigs of fresh rosemary

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Roll out thawed puff pastry sheet. Place into a shallow dish and press into the edges.
  2. Beat egg and brush liberally over the puff pastry. Sprinkle arugula leaves on top of egg.
  3. Peel and slice peaches into 1/4 inch slices. Lay over top of arugula leaves. Drizzle honey over the peaches (warm honey slightly if needed to get it flowing). Sprinkle with a touch of sea salt.
  4. Finely chop the fresh rosemary and sprinkle over the tart.
  5. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes. Puff pastry will be golden brown and peaches will be tender. Cool slightly, but serve warm.

Storage

Peaches continue to ripen after they’re picked, so where you store them depends on ripeness. For unripe peaches, store at room temperature away from direct sunlight until they reach desired ripeness. To speed up ripening, place peaches in a paper bag.

For peaches that are already ripe, store in the refrigerator to prevent further ripening. Once ripe, eat within 3-4 days.

Peaches produce high amounts of ethylene gas, which speeds the ripening process, so store away from other fruits and vegetables.

Recipes

Enjoy them fresh (our favorite)!

Fresh Peach Salsa

Grilled Peaches

Grilled Peach and Mozzarella Salad

Peach Cobbler

Peach Ice Cream

Peaches and Cream Frozen Pops

Preservation

Peaches can easily be flash frozen to use later in recipes where they will be cooked. To freeze, wash peaches, peel if desired, and slice to desired size. Lay peach slices in a single layer on a baking sheet and place in the freezer for about 2 hours or until just frozen. Transfer to a freezer-safe airtight container for freezing.

Peaches can also be preserved by canning or making jam. To do so, consult a trusted canning or jam recipe.