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Fresh Peaches in Cilantro Syrup


It is deceptively difficult to improve on the fresh flavors of summer produce.

Millions of years of evolution have made a peach fully ripened on a tree perfectly irresistible.

But that doesn’t stop us from trying.

We always love trying different combinations of flavors when the summer harvest is at its most bountiful.

Sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t.

This experiment was one that ‘wowed’ our guests.  The unexpected earthy and citrus-y notes of the fresh cilantro leaves perfectly accentuate the sweetness of the peach.



peaches (one peach for each serving)

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup water

1 small bunch of fresh cilantro



Peel and halve peaches, removing the pit. Place in a large bowl

Prepare a simple syrup by putting one cup of sugar and one cup of water in a sauce pan and bringing to boil.  Stir until all sugar has dissolved.

Once sugar has dissolved completely, remove from heat and toss in the cilantro (it is fine to use stems and all)

Allow cilantro to steep for one hour then strain the syrup

Pour the syrup over the peaches and refrigerate until chilled.

Garnish with a cilantro leaf


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by Josh and Brent

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Jackie Murray

This was tasty. Another variation: We crumble a few amaretti cookies and sprinkle the peach with the cookies and a tablespoon of Amaretto. Even more decadent…add some ice cream.


In Italy they serve peaches with fresh squeezed lemon or orange juice. So simple, fresh and delicious. It’s nice to celebrate the natural sweetness of the peaches without adding sugar.


I make all kinds of syrup: lavender, cherry pit, basil… but never thought of cilantro. I think I have to make this. Thanks guys.

Cherie Herrman

Off to the grocery store tomorrow. My peach list is getting longer 🙂