Illinois produces over 7,000 tons of peaches in an average year. Peaches grow well in central and southern Illinois. You can find them from Illinois farms usually between mid to late summer.
Peaches are low fat, cholesterol and sodium (salt) free, and a good source of vitamin C.
Choosing and Storing Peaches
Look for fresh peaches with firm and fuzzy skins. Avoid fruit that is wrinkled, mushy, bruised, or has cuts in the skin. Store ripe peaches at room temperature and eat within 1-2 days. For unripe peaches, store in a paper bag at room temperature until they reach desired ripeness.