As the rolling hills and distinct micro-climate of Burgundy provide the ideal “terroir” (as they say in France) for growing the grapes that become some of the world’s most famous wines; the ideal spot for growing the worlds most sought after peaches is smack-dab in the scorched clay and unrelenting heat of Georgia.
The unique Georgia red clay soil that runs along the Fort Valley plateau, where Georgia Peaches are grown, is neatly situated between granite soil to the North and sandy terrain to the South. Location coupled with searing summer heat and sticky-humid air combine to create the optimum terroir for growing the juicy delicious and sweet as candy Fuzzy Georgia Peaches.
This summer, our selection of fresh produce includes our favorite fresh-from-the-tree “Fuzzies” which are possibly the best we’ve ever tasted. They’ve got just the right amount of sweetness, they’re oh-so-juicy and they’re great for eating right out of your hand but also well well mixed right into so many great recipes.
10 Healthy Ways to enjoy Georgia Peaches this Summer…
- Peach Salsa – Peaches make a delicious salsa that goes well with baked tortilla chips, fish tacos, on top of burgers, or with grilled pork or fish.
- Summery Sips – You can incorporate them into many beverages like smoothies, sangria, bellinis and refreshing iced tea and lemonade.
- Peach Preserves – Savor summer all year long by making peach jam when fruit is in-season.
- Peach Pizza – Put some pizzazz into your pizzas with peaches.Cut two fresh peaches into 1⁄2-inch wedges and grill peach wedges, flipping,until caramelized, about 2 minutes per side. They’re a perfect addition to pizza made with ham, mozzarella and basil.
- Peach Pancakes and More – Add fresh peaches to muffins, quick breads, pancakes or waffles that are made with whole grains for an unexpected sweet surprise inside.
- Peach Caprese Salad – Create a twist to the Italian classic by using fresh peaches instead of tomatoes. Click Here to Download a Printable Recipe PDF
- Peachy Popsicles – Fresh peaches partner well with other in-season fruit, like strawberries. Add them to fruit juices to create wholesome popsicles that children love.
- Peach Salad Topper – Fresh or grilled, peaches can liven up summertime salads. They add succulent sweetness to beet salads, with arugula, spinach, field greens, and cheese.
- Grilled Peach Dessert – Toss peach halves with a little bit of lemon juice, brown sugar, and vanilla extract and put them in foil and on a grill until they become tender and caramelized. Serve warm with Greek yogurt or frozen yogurt.
- Summer Chilled Soup – Like tomatoes, fresh peaches can become a wonderful cold soup that’s enjoyed as a starter or even a dessert.
Try this great peach recipe…
Peach and Avocado Salad with Creamy Tarragon Dressing
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 6-8 servings
Ingredients – Dressing:
- ½ cup plain yogurt
- 2 tablespoons light mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons fresh tarragon, finely chopped
- 1 green onion, minced, about 2 tablespoons
Ingredients – Salad:
- 5 ounces mixed greens
- 2 peaches, sliced
- 1 avocado, peeled and sliced into ½” slices
- 1 bunch radishes, thinly sliced
- Combine dressing ingredients, season with salt and pepper, and refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Arrange greens on a large platter, top with peaches, avocado, and radishes and gently toss. Drizzle with dressing or serve on side.