What to Do With Fresh California Peaches

Whether they're grilled, puréed, or baked, these peaches always taste like summer.

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Taking a bite of a sweet, juicy peach is one of those holy grail moments. It’s not always easy to find the perfect peach, but when you do, you’ll remember why you looked so hard.

But if you buy California-grown peaches, your appetite for perfect peaches will always be sated. That’s because the peach farmers care deeply about their fruit, and pay close attention to the quality of their harvest.

Armed with a bounty of California peaches, go ahead and try one (or more!) of the recipes below. Whether you're giving them a nice char on the grill or blending them into a rich purée, these peaches will bring vibrant summery flavors from the Golden State to your table.

Free-Form Peach Pie (Galette)

This free-form, rustic galette is the perfect canvas for showcasing ripe California peaches—and not just because it’s open-faced. Without a pie plate to slow things down, the buttery crust bakes quickly, which means the fruit doesn’t overcook. Keeping the peach slices thick helps, too.

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Suns 'n Roses (Rum and Stone Fruit Punch)

This summer sipper all but requires you to sit back and relax, which is a good thing, because with a stone fruit syrup featuring fresh peaches, you’re going to want to take your time with it. We mix the sweet syrup with rum, white tea, lemon juice, and mint sprigs for one of the more refreshing beverages you’ll drink all season.

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Rustic Apricot-Peach Crostata

Want another peachy dessert? Go for this crostata, which pairs sweet peaches with smooth apricot preserves. Some lemon zest keeps the butteriness of the pasta frolla in check for a balanced dessert (it makes for a delicious breakfast, too).

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Peach-Thyme Lemonade

For a refreshing drink that the whole family can enjoy, whip up this peach-thyme lemonade, a sweet and savory take on the summer classic. Sure, it'll taste great as you sit outside enjoying the sun. But don't stop there: Pair it with roast chicken for dinner. (And feel free to add booze, if you like.)

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Grilled Peaches and Pound Cake with Cider Vinegar Caramel Sauce

This simple but stunning dessert featuring grilled peaches makes a great case for owning a grill. The peaches get even more of upgrade with a dusting of sugar, which complements the char by encouraging caramelization. Add a drizzle of tangy, sweet, and sour cider vinegar caramel sauce and you’ll never want to make room for another dessert again.

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