Ontario peaches rank as one of the most luscious fruits you can eat. What comes out of a tin can through the winter don’t come close to what its like to bite into a freshly picked peach, harvested under the summer sun. Ontario peaches come from Ontario’s greenbelt, including the Niagara region, ready for picking by mid-summer.
The mighty peach – did you know…
- The peach is actually a member of the rose family and originated in China. China is still to top grower of peaches, followed by Italy.
- There are two main varieties of peaches: cling-stone (the flesh sticks to the stone) and freestone (the stone is easily separated from the flesh).
- It is one of the top 10 fruits that hydrate.
- A large peach has fewer than 70 calories and contains 3 grams of fiber. It’s also a good source of vitamins A and C.
A Celebration of Everything Peach
Each summer, the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake pays tribute to the growers and those who promote Ontario fresh peaches. A wide assortment of activities take place over two days, August 9 and 10 – vendors, live entertainment, historic displays, day and night markets.
See niagarafallstourism.com/events/peach-festival for more information.
Peel a peach and learn a new word!
The easiest way to peel several peaches is to “blanche” them. Boil a pot of water and then drop the peaches in carefully. Wait about 30 seconds and remove (this is called blanching).
Holding the peach under cold running water, rub the skin. The skin will easily slip off!
Eat, Drink, Grill or Bake your Peaches
- Peal, slice and blend the peach and freeze.
- Peel, pit, slice in quarters and grill on a BBQ. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.
- Peel, pit and chop half a peach in small pieces and mix together with ½ cup of salsa. Makes a great condiment for fish!
Frozen Peach Bellini
In a blender, blend frozen peach slices with 1 oz. of Peach Schnapps and 8 oz. of sparkling wine. Makes Two drinks.
Combine fresh peach slices in a blender with half a cup of yogurt and half a banana for the best smoothie ever.
Easy Upside Down Peach Cake
1 Golden cake mix
2 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons brown sugar
Melt butter in the bottom of a large, rectangular cake pan (or two round pans). Peel, pit and slice peaches into 1/8 inch slices and arrange on top of the butter. Sprinkle with brown sugar.
Prepare cake mix and carefully pour over fruit. Bake as directed. Once cool, turn pan upside down on a large plate. Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream.