Dave is out picking our earliest peaches today. They are the earliest “Flamin’ Fury” variety that we grow. They are juicy and sweet–just great sliced up, and even better if you toss in a few fresh blueberries. If you want a little more sweetness, sugar is always an option, but my favorite is to add a bit of (real) maple syrup–yum! Eat a bowl as is, or top yogurt, ice cream, or whole-grain pancakes or waffles.
Early peaches (right up through Red Haven) tend to be clingy to the pit, even if they are technically “freestone” varieties. When slicing, you can usually cut in half (along the “seam” from stem end to point), and then hold each half gently in your cupped hands and twist them apart. Usually half of the peach will come free from the pit, so you can easily peel & slice it. The other half, if clinging to the pit, will be easier to handle if you peel it and slice it while on the pit, either popping each slice off with your knife or cutting all the slices at once off the pit.