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Kids Club Vol. 44: Peaches



Welcome to the latest issue of our ChopChop Kids Club newsletter!

If there’s a more perfect summer activity than biting into a ripe peach, we don’t know what it is. Peaches are the essence of sunshine: They’re sweet and juicy and come in a range of warm colors from yellow to orange to red (there are white ones, too). We’ve loaded this newsletter with peachy ideas you can cook up, snack on, and think about. We think you’ll love them as much as we do.

Hello, summer!

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Cucumber and Peach Salad

Cucumber and Peach Salad

This is a fresh, summery salad: The cucumber is crunchy and the peach is juicy, and they look so pretty together. If you want to make something more like a salsa to scoop up with chips, just cut everything into smaller pieces. When Kids Advisory Board member Te’Lario tested this for us, he said, “It turned out great!”
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings

kitchen gear

  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife (adult needed)
  • Measuring spoons
  • Large bowl
  • Wooden spoon


  • 2 ripe peaches, pitted and diced
  • 1 English cucumber (the kind that comes wrapped in plastic), diced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime, lemon, or orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • Put all the ingredients in the bowl and stir gently.
  • Serve right away, or cover and refrigerate up to overnight.


  • For an herby salad: Add 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, mint, parsley, or basil leaves.
  • For a more filling salad: Add 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese and/or 1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and diced.
  • For a spicy salad or salsa: Add 1 or 2 seeded and minced jalapeño peppers.

Peaches and nectarines are the same species—in other words, they’re technically the same fruit—but peaches are fuzzy and nectarines are fuzz-less.

How To Pit Stone Fruit

Stone fruit includes peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots, and cherries, all summer tree fruits with a pit in the center. If you’re cooking with the fruit, you’ll need to remove the pit first. Cherry pits can be removed using a gadget—or just dug out with your fingers. For the larger fruits, such as peaches, try this:

  1. Put the fruit on a cutting board and, with the help of an adult, use a sharp knife to carefully slice the fruit in half along the visible seam.
  2. Twist the two halves in opposite directions and the fruit should come apart. Pull out the pit if you can. If you can’t (this is the case with some peaches), try cutting that half in half again, and the pit will eventually come free.

Keen Peachy Smoothie

A smoothie is like a cool breeze—just right for a hot day! Most store-bought smoothies are too high in sugar. But if you make one yourself using real fruit and plain yogurt, it's a super-healthy drink that's also a great snack. 
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 Servings

kitchen gear

  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife (adult needed)
  • Measuring cups
  • Blender (adult needed)
  • 2 glasses


  • 1⁄4 cup coconut water or tap water
  • 3⁄4 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 fresh peaches, pitted and chopped, or 1 cup frozen peach slices
  • 1⁄2 large overripe banana, sliced (and frozen, if possible)
  • 2 ice cubes (if using nonfrozen fruit)
  • 6 toasted pecans, almonds, or walnuts


  • Put all the ingredients in the blender.
  • Put the top on tightly. Turn on the blender to medium speed and blend until the mixture is smooth, 30 to 60 seconds.
  • Divide the smoothie equally between the glasses and serve right away, or cover and refrigerate up to 4 hours.

Peaches By The Numbers

  • According to Guinness World Records, the heaviest peach ever recorded weighed 1 pound 12 ounces and was grown in Georgia in 2018.
  • The world produces roughly 55 billion pounds of peaches and nectarines a year.
  • Archaeologists have found peach fossils in China that are 2.6 million years old.

5 Ways to Eat Peaches

  1. Fill a peach half with cottage cheese.
  2. Add a chopped peach to your smoothie.
  3. Snack on frozen peach slices.
  4. Stir diced peaches into salsa and scoop it up with whole-grain tortilla chips.
  5. Blend pitted peaches with a splash of apple or orange juice, then freeze in an ice pop mold.

Got More Peaches? Try One of These Recipes

Peach Lassi
Baked Granola Peaches
Stone Fruit Salsa
Peach Crunch
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