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  • Peach Cucumber Salad

    Where do you find most of your recipes?  This Peach Cucumber Salad comes to us from @littleredkitchn via @TheSpicedLife.  I saw it on twitter and now that we have locally grown Plant City "pickles" at the market and we still have peaches in season, I had to give it a try.  And oh boy, am I glad I did.

     

    It turns out we had both Pennsylvania and Idaho peaches.  Now, I must admit I was particularly skeptic about these peaches, especially the Idaho ones.  But rest assure, I tried both and they were both deliciously sweet and juicy.  The only thing that made them different from Georgia or South Carolina peaches would have to be their size.  They were a bit smaller than the ones we normally get from the south.

     

    peaches and cucumber salad

    A while back, I found this mezzaluna and I just thought it was the cutest thing.  Come to find out, you really should use something like this to cut fresh herbs because it cuts without bruising.  Is it necessary?  Probably not, but I really thought it was cute, so I was excited to use it. ;)

    mezzaluna for cutting up herbs

     

    To make this salad is super easy.  Basically just chop up the cucumbers and peaches.  Then chop fresh basil and mint. Whisk olive oil, cider vinegar, water, Orange Blossom Honey, and salt to taste.  Toss the vinaigrette with the chopped cucumbers, peaches and herbs and you are done!

     

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    We paired the Peach and Cucumber salad with beef fajitas and yellow rice.  It was the perfect mixture of clean and fresh to our seasoned steak and rice combination.  I made enough that we have some left overs for tomorrow.

    peach and cucumber salad

     

    Do you ever eat fruit with dinner?

    What's the craziest fruit-vegetable combination you've ever tried?

    Would you try produce grown in a different state than what you are normally used to seeing? I.E. Peaches from Idaho instead of South Carolina?

  • South Carolina or Georgia Peaches?

    Earlier this spring I had Florida peaches for the first time.  They were smaller in size than a South Carolina or Georgia peach, but what it lacked in size, it surely made up in flavor.  Florida peaches are only available for a short period of time right before the Georgia and South Carolina harvest.  Interestingly enough, peaches were originally planted in St. Augustine, FL before Franciscan monks introduced them to the South Georgia coast in 1571.  Peaches were then discovered in South Carolina as early as 1700.

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    Currently, both Georgia and South Carolina are big peach producers.  Both states produce over 40 different varieties including "clinging" and "freestone" types.   Most people recognize peaches as the official state fruit of Georgia.  However, South Carolina is known as the "tastier peach state".

    PeachTag photo courtesy of https://etax.dor.ga.gov/TagContest.aspx

     

    You'll be glad to know the peak of peach season is mid June to end of July.  At our market, we shop for our peaches daily. That's why some days we'll have Georgia peaches an another day we have South Carolina ones.  We shop for the freshest and sweetest peaches available.  Did you know during the summer months we make a peach milkshake?  They are made just like our strawberry milkshake with tons of fruit.

    Helpful Tips

    • There's about 3 to 4 medium peaches per pound.  One pound makes about 2 1/2 cups of sliced or chopped peaches.
    • Ripe peaches should be stored in the refrigerator in a plastic bag for up to 5 days.
    • To peel peaches, dip them cut into halves in boiling water for 30 seconds.  Remove the peaches with a spoon and dip in cold water.
    • Leave peaches on the counter until they are ripe.  Then you may refrigerate them if you are not ready to eat them.

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