Ages: 6 months+

Technique:
Blanching. Check out cooking guide to learn which other fruits require this method of cooking.

Peaches make a delicious and healthy first food for babies and can be introduced when your doctor gives you the okay to start solids. Fresh ripe peaches that have been peeled and cubed also make a good finger food for toddlers or for baby led weaning.

Nutrition profile: Peaches contain vitamins A and C, and are rich in many vital minerals such as potassium, fluoride, and iron. They also contain the antioxidant lutein, zeaxanthin, and ß-cryptoxanthin that protect the body from free radicals. Get more info on how to buy and store peaches by clicking here.

For parents and toddlers: We know you can’t resist buying peaches for yourself, too. Turn those beauties into a delicious peach salsa! You’ll love this recipe.

PEACH PUREE
makes 6-8 ounces
Directions:
Wash your hands well with soap and water.
Rinse two medium ripe organic peaches under running water.
Place peaches on a cutting board and use a paring knife to slice an X through the base of each peach.
Meanwhile, bring water to a rolling boil in a medium saucepan. Use a slotted spoon to add the whole peaches to the water and boil for 2 minutes.
Carefully remove peaches using a slotted spoon, and transfer peaches to a bowl filled with ice water. Let cool for two minutes in the ice bath, then use your fingers or a paring knife to peel off the skin, using the X as a starting point. Discard the skin.
Slice peaches using a paring knife and working your way around the pit. Discard the pit, and place the cut fruit in a food processor. Puree until completely smooth.

Storage instructions: Store peach puree in the refrigerator for a maximum of three days or freeze in individual servings for up to three months. Do not refreeze defrosted food.