When you think of summer fruits, peaches have to be at or near the top of the list. They are the most decadent of fruits — they are downright sinful in terms of both flavor and texture. And when we started thinking about new menu items, we began to dream of peaches. So Sipipa absolutely had to create a Peach Dream Salad!
Of course, we start with the best and freshest peaches. We use a salad bed of spring mix, and then have all the right flavors bursting in every bite. We sprinkle in crunchy bacon, and add in savory feta cheese and crisp red onions. And you’ll also find dried cranberry, walnuts, olive oil, lemon juice and our signature Sipipa Sauce. But the showstopper is the peach wedges.
Picking Peach Perfection
Peaches are at their peak from June to the end of August. They are a great source of vitamins A and C, and a large peach has fewer than 70 calories, plus 3 grams of fiber.
When selecting ripe fruit, the flesh of a peach should have a slight give, but use your whole hand (instead of just your fingertips) to give it a good squeeze. Also, you can buy two main varieties of peaches: clingstone and freestone. It is harder to remove the flesh from the pit on a clingstone peach… the pit really does cling to the fruit! But freestones are far less messy and easier to eat with your hands.
Similar to plums, apricots and surprisingly — almonds — peaches are part of the rose family. They can have either a yellow or white flesh and skin. All peaches are fuzzy, and the fuzz factor is controlled by a single gene. If you’re not fond of the fuzz, drop a peach into a pot of boiling water for about 30 seconds and then immediately transfer it to cold water to have the skin slip right off. By the way, nectarines are a virtually identical species, and not a hybrid of peaches and plums, as is sometimes thought.
Other Peachy Facts:
• Peaches originated in China.
• Florida was home to the first peach orchard in America, brought over by Spanish explorers and established in 1565.
• Peaches are called the “Fruit of Calmness” and are believed to help reduce anxiety.
• Peach seeds taste like bitter almonds, but adding one or two to peach preserves, syrups or baked goods brings out a wonderful depth of flavor.
• Despite Georgia’s nickname, over 50% of all the peaches in the U.S. are grown in California.
Are you hungry for peaches yet? Our salad is a dreamy peach perfection that will have you coming back again and again to order more.