Pitting peaches couldn't be easier, especially since most peaches sold for eating out of hand are freestone peaches, meaning that once the peach is cut, the pit doesn't cling to the flesh of the peach (the "stone" or pit is free, get it?). This is as opposed to clingstone peaches, which are mainly grown and sold for canning.
Some peach aficionados seek out clingstone peaches, claiming better flavor.
If you are one of those people or otherwise ended up with clingstone peaches in your house, the action below will require a bit more twisting to get that pit out.
To Pit a Peach
It's a simple process, and once you do it, it will seem like common sense:
- Cut the peach along the seam all the way around and through the fruit down to the pit.
- Twist each half of the peach in opposite directions.
- Pull the halves apart and remove the pit. Voila! You've pitted a peach!
Now you have a pitted peach. If you know what you want to do with it, you're all set, but if you need ideas, I have a few....
What to Do With Pitted Peaches
If you want to keep it simple, but not raw, try popping them on the grill (see Grilled Peaches for details).
The heat brings out even more sweetness and serving grilled fruit for dessert is sort of perfect on a warm summer evening. Ice cream or frozen yogurt on the side is optional but delicious. Or double-down on the peach front and add a scoop of peach sorbet to the proceedings.
Another option is to throw that pitted peach in a blender along with a bit of orange juice and yogurt—a few leaves of fresh mint are good if you have them on-hand—and whirl it into an easy and delicious smoothie.
Feel like baking instead? Here are a few yummy recipes:
- Peach Cobbler — homey, easy, and crowd-pleasing
- Peach Pie — an easy classic made better with brown sugar
- Peach Bread Pudding — a seasonal, cozy option that can be made ahead
- Peach Bread — perfect for dessert, breakfast, or even a snack
If none of that sounds good, it is super easy to simply freeze them so you can use them later in the year, when fresh, ripe peaches aren't at the market. You'll feel pretty clever that you thought to do it when you dig into a delicious peach in the depths of February.