Fruit

From Classy to Trashy, a Ranking of the Best Peach Things — Peachy Keen

All month long on Kitchn we've been talking about the delicious ways to eat a peach. Some peaches are better for different occasions, as Assistant Food Editor Kelli Foster notes in her post about the best peaches to buy for the right moment. We've also given you various recipes, including this gluten-free crisp and this almond peach pit milk (!!!) that you need to make in the next month if you know what's good for you. It's mostly been a practical guide for the peach-lover in all of us.

Well, now that we've given you some non-judgmental options, it's time to lay down some cold hard facts about how peaches sit in our cultural zeitgeist. If you want something delicious and classy, there are only a few peaches that fit the bill, and you need to know about them. We've ranked all the various ways to eat a peach for you in our very scientific matrix that definitely wasn't just some arbitrary thing that I decided to work on. Read this and go forth knowing exactly what you should make and eat this summer.

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The Fast and Fancy Dessert You Have to Make with Cherries This Summer Includes Lighting Them on Fire — Cherry Checklist

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Pies and cobblers, crisps and clafouti are all fine desserts, but when ruby red cherries are in their prime, there's a fast and fancy dessert that tops all the others. It's easy enough to pull together any night of the week, and finishes on the stovetop with a dazzling flambé before getting spooned over ice cream. If you make just one thing with cherries this summer, this is the dessert to keep at the top of your list.

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Sour Cherries Are the Rare and Beloved Fruit of Summer. Here’s Where to Find Them. — Cherry Checklist

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Sour cherries are one of my most eagerly awaited fresh fruits of the summer. Thin-skinned and tart, they aren't really best for eating out of hand. We who love them use them as creatively and quickly as we can, putting their bright, acidic hit to good use in jams, cakes, pies, cocktails, and even in the occasional savory dish. Picture your classic cherry pie, bright-red and glowing with orbs of juicy fruit. Well, you've just pictured sour cherries.

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Recipe: Sour Cherry Chocolate Chunk Muffins — On-the-Go Breakfast Recipes

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If there ever was a perfect time to treat yourself to a dark chocolate-studded muffin for breakfast, it's while sour cherries are making their much-awaited appearance at the farmers market. Sour cherry season is fleeting — blink and you just might miss it. So, when you spot them at the farmers market pick up a basket without hesitation, then preheat the oven and pull out the mixing bowls as soon as you get home because you're making these nutty, chocolate, sour cherry-filled muffins.

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Why I Like Canned Peaches Better than Fresh Ones — Strong Opinions

My parents came very close to moving our family to Atlanta when I was in middle school. Apparently, my father had been given a once-in-a-lifetime job opportunity and he thought it'd be good for us. I, however, did not. I was only 11, but I knew I wouldn't fit in down there and that I'd be better off in South Jersey.

My social concerns had nothing to do with my unfortunate purple glasses, my awkward sense of humor, or my lack of athletic abilities. My worries stemmed from the fact that I knew I would have a very unpopular opinion down there in the Peach State: I thought (and still do think!) that canned peaches are better than fresh. That's right — I said it! Now, hear me out.

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Recipe: Peach Lassi — Quick and Easy Drinks

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This just may be the most refreshing way to drink your summer fruit. It's a riff on a classic lassi, an Indian yogurt-based drink that is thick, creamy, and cooling. Mango is the most common fruit to use in the drink, but here we've switched it with peach for a more in-season approach that's even juicer than the original. To make things even sweeter, a spoonful of honey is blended in, along with just a touch of warm, spicy cardamon. This peach lassi is guaranteed to be a welcome treat on the hottest of days.

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