By Kimberly Holland

Peaches are the most revered summertime fruit (perhaps, even worshipped) for their tangy sweetness and soft, juicy flesh.

When peaches arrive at your local farmers' market or grocery store, you'll know summer is truly here, no matter what the calendar says. The juicy stone fruit is a hallmark of summer in the South. There, sweet peaches are sprinkled in dishes from grilled pork to ice cream, peach stands line country roads, and entire festivals are dedicated to the fruit.

Whether you're looking for a stand-out dish to spotlight the prized fruit or just need another creative way to use up the bushel you bought on the way home from the beach, these peaches are ripe for the picking.

Pictured: Peach Pie | Photo by lutzflcat

More: Learn how to buy, store, and prep fresh peaches.

1. Peach Cobbler VI

A fluffy cake topping pairs beautifully with lush, juicy peaches that are cooked to tender perfection. The original recipe calls for canned peaches (great for winter desserts), but you can use fresh ones, too. Just be sure to peel first.

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2. Spicy Peach Chutney

Sweet peaches blunt the tongue-tingling burn of chili powder for an unique peach chutney you can use with everything from grilled meat to curry. What's more, you can make chutneys in summer when peaches are at their best and keep a few jars reserved for winter when you need a bit of something fresh and fiery.

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3. Peach Pie

If peaches are summer's fruit, peach pie is summer's sweetest confection. Indeed, any Southerner worth their salt has a go-to peach pie recipe in their back pocket (and likely on a recipe card passed down from generations of their family's best cooks). This peach pie is classic — it's just peaches with a bit of flour for thickness and sugar for sweetness — and only requires five ingredients. You can churn out plenty of peach pies for neighbors and friends in record time with a recipe this simple. Watch the video to see how to make it.

4. Peach Muffins

You can have peaches in the morning, peaches in the evening, and peaches at snacktime with these fun peach muffins. Ground cinnamon adds a pinch of spice to every bite of these fluffy fruit muffins. To experience their fresh-from-the-oven flavor every time you eat one, gently heat it in the microwave for 15 seconds.

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5. White Peach Sangria

If you thought the only way to impress a Southerner was with peach desserts, this sangria recipe is sure to prove you wrong. Classic sangria recipes use red wine with citrus fruits and spices, but this summery version lightens the refreshing drink up with white wine, lemonade concentrate, and of course fresh peaches.

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6. Crisp Peach Cobbler

Here's an extra-crispy peachy cobbler. "This recipe was inspired by one from Renee Erickson's cookbook, A Boat, a Whale, and a Walrus, says Chef John. "It's a lot crispier than a regular cobbler, and you can use the technique for other fruit cobblers. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream."

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7. Grilled Chicken, Peach, and Arugula Salad

Grilled peaches bring a sweet and juicy contrast to smoky grilled chicken in this main dish salad. "First off, this salad is DELICIOUS," says France C. "Honestly one of the best I've had in quite a while. The flavors go so well together — the peppery arugula, the sweet and tangy peaches and the grilled chicken. Yum." She also recommends that you simply make the dressing and brush it onto the peaches AND the chicken, instead of just brushing the chicken with oil before grilling.

Photo by France C.

8. Mango, Peach and Pineapple Salsa

Fruit salsas are a vibrant way to mix up your chip-and-dip routine. With peaches, you can make any combination that pleases your heart, but this combination of mango, pineapple, and peach is lush and tropical. It goes beautifully with fish or poultry, but don't be afraid to get creative and add it to tomato gazpacho or serve over cream cheese with crisps.


9. Mom's Peach Crisp

A peach crisp is a peach cobbler or peach pie for days you don't have the time to spare. The easy-to-make brown sugar and oat topping is crispy and chewy against the tender, juicy peaches. For the best results, serve this peach dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream while it is still warm.

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