When we bite into the first peach of the season, we remember just how worth the wait it was. Juicy ripe peaches are the quintessential summer treat, and the southern belle of fruits. Fragrant and sweet, they’re forgiving too. You don’t need to toss aside the extra soft or bruised ones — they still have value. Make salsas, smoothies, and jams instead. Better yet, muddle them into your cocktail, or bake them into a cobbler for dessert. Whatever you do, don’t discard these sweet summer gems. When life gives you peaches, make everything.