The local peach season has come and gone -- sorry to say -- but peaches from cooler climes will meander their way into the produce aisle for the next couple of months. Peaches don't really ripen after they're picked, so choosing ripe peaches is key. It's not hard to distinguish a ripe peach from one that was picked a bit young on the twig. Peach-colored peaches are ripe, and green tinted peaches are not. I like to see a range of color on a peach from rosy pink to reddish orange. I also like a peach that's tender when pressed. Last, a ripe peach announces its presence with a pheromonally enticing aroma.