Peaches are one of the tastiest and juiciest summertime and early-autumn fruits. They’re incredibly sweet and taste great in pies or as a topping on sundaes. But if a recipe calls for a pound of peaches, how many is that?
Due to their uniformity in shape, peaches usually weigh between 110 and 150 grams (3.8 to 5.3 ounces) each. So, to get a pound, you would need 3 or 4 peaches.
In this guide, I’ll explain how many peaches there are in a pound, how many cups you can get from a single peach, and much more. Stick around and listen!
Before moving on, we should familiarize ourselves with the different varieties of peaches. So far, mankind has managed to discover at least 300 peach varieties. Now, that’s far too many to discuss below, but we can cover the most commonly used types.
The main kind of peach you’ll come across at a grocery store is the yellow peach. They range in color from pale yellow to orange with streaks or patches of red. Those who eat yellow peaches regularly know that its stone is quite difficult to get rid of since it belongs to the clingstone variety of peaches.
A Babcock peach is small to medium in size, and it has a paler flesh compared to the other types. It’s known as a semi-freestone or semi-clingstone peach, meaning that the pit or stone isn’t well adhered to the peach’s flesh. Babcock peaches are quite sour, so you would need to dust them with copious amounts of sugar when serving them as a dessert.
If you’ve seen a peach that looks like it was pressed on its northern and southern hemispheres, then you’ve seen a donut peach. As its name suggests, it’s slightly squashed to look a bit like a saucer (or a donut—hence, its name). They fall into the freestone peach category, so the pit easily pulls apart from the flesh. Despite their name, donut peaches are not sweeter than other peach types.
Nectarines are a type of peach that has been modified to lose its fuzz. They look like nectarines without the fuzz and considerably darker streaks of red. Like yellow peaches, nectarines are a type of clingstone peach, so you’ll have to work hard to separate the hard stone from the smooth and sweet flesh.
How Many Peaches Are in a Pound?
The general understanding is that each peach weighs between 130 and 220 grams (4.6 to 7.8 ounces). However, the final peach count per pound ultimately depends on the peach variety and its size.
The following table will describe the average weights of several types of peaches, and how many of them would add up to a pound.
|Peach Variety||Average Weight Range||Peaches per Pound|
|Yellow peaches||130 g||3 to 4|
|Babcock peaches||130 to 150 g||2 to 3|
|Donut peaches||75 to 100 g||5 to 8|
|Nectarines||129 g||3 to 4|
How Many Cups per Peach?
Most recipes won’t ask you to collect certain poundage of peaches. Instead, they’ll ask you to prepare a certain number of cups of peaches. Since the volume of peaches can dramatically decrease when you process them, you should familiarize yourself with how much a single peach yields when chopped, sliced, and puréed.
On average, you will get the following volume measurements from a single yellow peach:
1/3 cups puréed
½ cup sliced
2/3 cup chopped
|You need||Peach purée||Sliced peaches||Chopped peaches|
If you want to convert pounds of peaches to volume when puréed, sliced, and chopped, you can consult the following chart:
|Poundage||Peach purée||Sliced peaches||Chopped peaches|
|½ lbs.||½ cup||1 to 1.5 cups||¾ to 1 cup|
|1 lbs.||1 cup||1.5 to 2 cups||1 to 1.5 cups|
|2 lbs.||2 cups||3 to 4 cups||2 to 3 cups|
|3 lbs.||3 cups||4.5 to 6 cups||3 to 4.5 cups|
|5 lbs.||5 cups||7 to 8 cups||6 to 7.5 cups|
|10 lbs.||10 cups||15 cups||13 to 14 cups|
How Many Peaches Are in a Bag of Frozen Peaches?
A bag of frozen peaches usually weighs around 16 ounces or 1 pound, not including the pit. So, a bag should slightly more than 3 or 4 peaches, assuming they’re yellow peaches.
Using the tables above, a bag of frozen peaches should yield around 1 cup of peach purée, between 1 and 2 cups of sliced peaches, and between 2 and 3 cups of chopped peaches.
It’s important that you let the peaches thaw before draining them thoroughly. That way, you don’t end up with too much water in your dish.
How Many Peaches Are in a Can of Peaches?
Like bagged peaches, a single can of peaches weighs 16 ounces. However, the difference is that the peaches are packed in a sugary syrup, which may make up the majority of the can’s weight.
On average, a single can should contain between ½ and ¾ of a peach. You can use the peaches in a can (drained and pat dry) as a substitute for 1 whole peach in a recipe.
According to Nutrition Value, 1 cup of raw peaches contains the following:
|Total fat||0.4 g|
|Total carbs||15 g|
|Dietary fiber||2.3 g|
|Vitamin A||26.64 mcg|
|Carotene beta||249.48 mcg|
|Vitamin B6||0.038 mcg|
Without going too deep into it, peaches are incredibly healthy. These fuzzy fruits are an excellent source of many vital nutrients and minerals. Plus, incorporating them in dishes, such as salads and desserts, is easy since their sweet flavor profile complements all sorts of ingredients.