This past weekend, the family and I ventured down to Apple Annie’s Orchard to go fruit picking. This is a late-summer tradition of ours, and the timing is perfect because late summer in Arizona can only mean one thing: peaches!

Apple Annie’s began as a family-operated farm back in the 1980’s. Still a family business (now on its fourth generation), the farm is open to the public for “you-pick” experiences – everything from pumpkins to corn to apples to peaches. And, on top of all of that, they’ve got plenty of other activities for the family to enjoy: apple-smoked burgers on weekends, a country gift shop, hayrides to the orchard, a huge corn maze, and numerous festivals throughout the year.

We came home with about 3 dozen peaches ($20 or so) and set them out on the countertop to ripen. As many of you may already know (due to the plethora of my “no-bake” recipes), I’m not much of a baker. So what to do with more peaches than we’ve ever had in our kitchen at one time?

Easy. Peach salsa.

I tend to favor chunkier salsas (vs. more liquid-y ones), which makes whipping this recipe together a little more time-consuming. Instead of dumping all of the ingredients in the blender, you’ll need to finely chop everything. But don’t worry – this also means easier cleanup!

For those of you who may not already know, I’m also kind of (hugely) obsessed with essential oils. I run another online community called Tea Tree and Twigs where I share my love of all things oils and non-toxic living. We didn’t have any fresh limes in the house, but fret not – because 4-5 drops of lime essential oil does the trick!

Chunky Peach Salsa

Total Time: 15-20 minutes prep
Yields: 3-4 cups

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. tomatoes, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1/2 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 5-6 ripe peaches, peeled and diced
  • 1 c. chopped cilantro
  • 4-5 drops of lime essential oil (or 3-4 tbsp. fresh lime juice)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Stir to fully incorporate.
  2. Enjoy!

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