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Out-of-the-Basket Thinking... Ontario Peaches

Contributed by: News Canada

(NC) - A major new player in summer salads, salsas, barbecue grills and summer drinks, Ontario peaches are conquering new culinary territory. This Out-of-the-Basket thinking represents unconventional, but delicious new ways to enjoy Ontario peaches. Not just for baking or snacking anymore, pairing this sweet and juicy flavor with the savory tastes of entrées and sides makes for a refreshing summer meal.

Skewer Thai-spiced shrimp with Ontario peaches for a subtly sweet and smoky flavor. Peaches also complement an herb-infused oven-roasted chicken; simply roast the peaches alongside the chicken for a summer Sunday family dinner. Or for a sweeter salsa for burgers or wraps, simply replace diced peaches for tomatoes.

The fruit growing regions of southern Ontario boast production of some of the most delicious peaches in Canada. Fragrant and bursting with juice, Ontario peaches make their debut mid-July. These beauties are available for a few short weeks, so get yours before the season runs out.

Out-of-the-basket thinking isn't just for summertime recipes; it's also important for at-home peach care and storage. Maintaining peach perfection out of the basket is easy. Follow these five steps to ensure proper ripening:

  1. Select fruit that is firm and fragrant
  2. Remove fruit immediately from basket and sort according to ripeness
  3. Store ripe fruit in single layer in refrigerator or enjoy immediately
  4. To ripen firm fruit, store at room temperature in a loosely closed paper bag for a day or two out of direct sunlight
  5. Once ripe, refrigerate up to one week or enjoy immediately

Eaten as a snack or in an out-of-the-basket recipe, Ontario peaches will be your best bite all year!


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