Ripe peaches can be stored at room temperature or in the refrigerator as long as they are not placed in direct sunlight.
Firm/unripe peaches should not be stored in the refrigerator because it is too cold for the fruit to ripen and will destroy flavor.
If the peaches need ripening, place them inside a paper bag and loosely close the top (allow some breathing room). Store out of direct sunlight. The peaches will be ready to enjoy within two to three days.
Never store fresh peaches in plastic bags. This will change the flavor and texture.
If a recipe calls for peeled peaches, dip peaches into boiling water for about 30 seconds, then plunge them immediately into iced water. The skins will slip right off.
Nutritional Information Per 1/2 Cup Serving:
Although fresh peaches are sweet tasting, they are low in calories, with one medium peach furnishing only about 37 calories. Yellow-fleshed varieties are a good source of Vitamin A.
Calories 37 Carbohydrates 9 Fats, g less than 0.1 Protein, g .6 Sodium, mg 0 Fiber, g .5 Vitamin A 45.5 Vitamin C, mg 5.6