Peaches fall into two categories: clingstone and freestone.  In a clingstone peach, the pit "clings" to the flesh.  Freestone peaches, the most common, have pits that fall away easily.  Peaches range in color from pink-blushed white to gold with red blush.  Tey are available from May to October.

A red blush on a peahc does not indicate ripeness.  the background color should be overall creamy or yellow.  A green background mean the peach was picked too soon and will not ripen further.  buy peaches with unbruised and unwrinkled skin.  Ripen at room temperature in a paper bag.  When soft to the touch and fragrant, store peaches, unwashed, in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.  Check frequently for brown spots.