Is there any other fruit that ignites the feeling of summer than a bite into a freshly picked, warm, ripened-from-the-sun, juice-dripping-down-your-chin, sweet peach?
There are three groups of peaches: freestone (flesh easily removed from pit), semi-clingstone, and clingstone (flesh clings to pit).
Peaches will continue to ripen after they have been picked, so if you find some that are too firm, let them sit out for a few days. The sweet smell and slightly soft feel of their flesh when pressed will let you know they are ripe.
Peach season does not last long, enjoy as many as you can during July and August!