No fruit says end-of-summer to me quite like a perfectly ripe, juicy peach. It evokes blazing-hot afternoons spent at the lake, or trying to keep cool in the air con.
They definitely rank in the top 5 of my favorite fruits. Their flavor, sweetness, and texture are superb. The fuzzy skin sometimes gets on my nerves, but it's all good.
Peaches can start to come in season as early as May, but they are at their peak in July and August. They can still be acceptable into September.