I love, love, love peaches. But I'm picky. They have to be perfectly ripe and juicy, not mealy (of course), in season, and grown locally. I buy my peaches from Soergel's and let them sit on the counter until they are perfectly ripe (the fruit yields to gentle pressure and it is no longer green at the stem end). If you're not ready to eat them when they become perfectly ripe, they can be placed in the fridge for a few days longer.
I don't know about you, but I don't generally like my peaches cooked, like in a pie or a muffin. I think that some of the flavor is lost in the cooking and well as the texture that I love.
My favorite way to eat a peach is for breakfast with Wheat Chex and milk and just a sprinkling of sugar. There must be enough peaches in the bowl so that there is peach in every bite. It's a bonus if the peaches are cold from the fridge. Sometime I indulge and use whole milk - it's like having dessert for breakfast, a la peaches and cream.
I don't buy Wheat Chex the rest of the year, but during late July and August, I'll go through several boxes. Then the peaches will be gone and I'll mourn them for a little while, and I'll move on to another cereal. When berries come into season, I'll get onto the Kashi Autumn Wheat with berries kick. When it's chilly outside, only Frosted Mini Wheats with hot milk will be as comforting. I'll never eat bananas on any cereal.
Do you have a favorite cereal and fruit combination? Do you even like to eat fruit on your cereal? I'd love to know!