Purchase peaches that have an intense fragrance and that give slightly to palm pressure. Avoid those that are hard or have soft spots. A half pound will yield about 1 cup chopped peaches.
Store ripe peaches in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. To ripen peaches, place in a brown paper bag and store at room temperature for about 2 days.
To easily remove the pit, cut the fruit from stem to stem all the way around, Twist the peach halves in opposite directions and lift out the pit.