Michigan peaches are a tasty treat that brighten up any snack, meal, or dessert. The peak growing season for peaches in Michigan begins in July and carries through September, making them a fresh option in the summer and fall. Peaches can also be frozen or canned and stored to enjoy throughout the year.
In addition to being a sweet, juicy fruit, peaches offer several health benefits. They are a good source of vitamins A and C and potassium. For adults, the dietary recommendation is to consume two servings of fruit daily. A serving of peaches equates to one large peach or one cup sliced or canned peaches.
Peaches can be prepared many different ways. In desserts, peaches are a healthy alternative to processed sugars. They can be blended into smoothies, added to yogurt, or grilled for a perfect savory or sweet side dish. Plus, if you have not tried grilling peaches, you will be delighted. Grilling brings out the sugar in the peach for a flavorful delight! The possibilities are endless!
If you’re short on time, you can freeze peaches whole. Simply put the peaches in a freezer bag and place in the freezer. When you are ready for a peach in your smoothie or morning yogurt place it in the microwave and the skin will peel off effortlessly. And the fresh flavor will have been preserved.
Due to their soft texture, peaches do not ship well, and are best bought directly from your local farm when available. There are many places to buy peaches in Michigan. Find a peach farm near you: click here.
Laman Farm, in Honor, Michigan shares their favorite way to enjoy peaches. Find their ripe peaches at their on-farm fruit stand.
Laman Farm’s Salmon with Peaches
4 salmon 6-8 oz. fillets (fresh or frozen but thawed)
1 tsp non-salt seasoning
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp sea salt
4 tablespoons of peach jam
4 tsp chili sauce
1 tsp minced garlic
Combine the non-salt seasoning, paprika, cumin, and sea salt and rub seasoning on both sides of the salmon.
Place the salmon on parchment lined 13 x 9 pan or cookie sheet.
Combine peach jam, chili sauce, and minced garlic in a bowl, then spread on top of salmon fillet.
Grill: Cook on hot grill at 375 degrees for approximately 5 to 6 minutes per side. The grilling time will vary based on the thickness of the fish fillets.
Oven: place salmon on parchment lined pan and bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 60 minutes. Make certain the fish is cooked completely before eating.
Paula Martin, RDN, is the Community Health Coordinator for Taste the Local Difference. Contact her at email@example.com
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