Maybe more than any other fruit, peaches embody sensuality. The velvety, blushing skin, the luscious flesh—at once juicy and firm—gushing sweetness and just enough tang to keep it enticing with every bite. I could eat a dozen peaches in one sitting without a moment’s pause. (In fact I have, much to the dismay of my stomach.)
However, not all peaches are made equal. When not quite ripe or in season, peaches can be mealy, dry, and lacking in flavor. A sure way to improve the flavor and texture of less-than-ideal peaches is by cooking them, which helps loosen up their juices and soften their texture. Nothing beats a perfect peach, so for something truly spectacular, try this recipe with ripe fruit.
The Mindful Kitchen: Try This Recipe for Grilled Peaches
Pit and slice some peaches to about half-inch thickness. Lightly brush each side with your choice of oil and place on a grill (or a stovetop griddle) set to medium heat. Grill for one or two minutes on each side. Enjoy them on a salad, with a bowl of ice cream, or on plain yogurt with a drizzle of honey.
Peaches are a rich source of vitamins A and C, potassium, and fiber-rich healthy carbohydrates. They also provide chlorogenic acid, an antioxidant that helps to slow the release of glucose into the bloodstream.