Peach season typically lasts from May through August. While there are different types of peaches, they’re allknown for their soft flesh, sweet flavor and juiciness. They can be enjoyed raw, cooked or baked. Most people peel peaches before baking, but good news: You don’t have to!

Psst: Here’s how to freeze peaches, so you can enjoy ripe, juicy peaches all year.

Is peach skin safe to eat?

Peach skin is perfectly safe to eat. When shopping for peaches, look for ones that are bright and vibrant in color. They should feel slightly soft and already have that incredible peachy aroma.

Like other fruits and vegetables, be sure to wash peaches before eating them due to trace amounts of pesticides that could be present on the skin. I suggest running water over the peaches and gently rubbing the skin. It’s best to use your hands when washing peaches since their skin is so delicate. Another option is to spritz with homemade produce wash before rinsing.

Pros and Cons of Eating Peach Skin

According to the American Heart Association, peach skin is a source of many antioxidants and vitamins. Peaches are a rich source of fiber, which improves digestion and helps you feel fuller for longer. Vitamin A is good for your eyesight and immune system. Vitamin C is great for improving skin and can also fight free radicals that cause cancer. Learn more about the health benefits of peaches.

The downside of eating peach skin is that it could contain pesticide residue, so it’s important to wash peaches before eating. Additionally, avoid eating peach skins if you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or other digestive issues.

Ways to Eat Peach Skin

If you want to save time baking, don’t worry about peeling the peaches for popular desserts like peach cobbler or peach pie. For more unique ideas, toss skin-on peaches in a blender with peach nectar, yogurt and ice cubes for a creamy peach smoothie or infuse homemade simple syrup with peeled peach skins. Just remember to wash the fruit first!

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