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When looking for peaches, look for brightly-colored, plump fruit. I look for a bright-red to reddish- orange color in the skin. Peaches need to be ripe when picked so look for ones that feel slightly soft to the touch. Make sure you don't mistake bruising for softness. Also avoid any that are greenish (a sign of being picked too early). You can soften a peach at room temperature but it will not ripen any further. Peaches can be kept at room temperature, but will stay a few days longer if kept in plastic and refrigerated.