The peach -- a classic sign of summer, a staple in warm-weather recipes for desserts and salads, an anticipated addition to farmers' markets and stands across the country from June through August. You may love this sweet, juicy fruit, but how much do you know much about its history or nutritional value -- or even about cooking with it? Read on to learn healthy facts about peaches -- and then try our delicious recipe for Peachy Chicken Salad.
Amazing Health Benefits of Peaches
Health benefits of peachesPeach is a widely adored delicious juicy fruit. It is origins from China and now popular in all over the world. The health benefits of peaches are merely known to its regular eater. Peaches are a rich source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidant and other chemical contents.
This fruit looks like an apple in shape measuring about 7-10 cm in diameter and about 130g in weight. It is naturally juicy and sweet with a lovely aroma. Here are seven major nutrition and health benefits of peaches with some serving process.
Major Health Benefits of Peaches
Contribute in eye health
Beta carotene is responsible for eye health. Lots of people around the world are in sight problem for lacking of beta carotene. Peach fruit can be their hope. Peaches are a rich source of beta carotene that improves vision health by increasing circulation of blood in the all body parts.
Does excellent for skin
One of the major health benefits of peaches is for skin care. It’s a great source of Vitamin C which is widely used for skin care. You can get plenty of Vitamin C from a large peach. Apart from health benefits, you can directly use peaches for skin care such dark circles and wrinkles.
We take many toxins daily with our daily meals that once does harm for kidneys. Peaches contain high amount of fiber and potassium that reduces kidney related diseases and lessens the risk of ulcer. It’s a hidden health benefit of peaches.
1. Peach origins: The fuzzy peach is actually a member of the rose family and originated in China.
2. Peaches on the Silk Road: The peach’s scientific name, Prunus persica, is a direct reference to the fruit’s travels to Persia along the Silk Road.
3. Peach varieties: You can buy two main varieties of peaches: clingstone (the flesh sticks to the stone) and freestone (the stone is easily separated from the flesh).
4. Peach colors: The peach can have yellow or white flesh, which is sweeter and less acidic than its more traditional golden counterpart.
5. Top peach growers: China is the largest producer of peaches, followed by Italy.
6. Peach nutrition: A large peach has fewer than 70 calories and contains 3 grams of fiber. It’s also a good source of vitamins A and C.
7. Biggest peach cobbler: "The world’s largest peach cobbler" is made every year in Georgia, which is known as the Peach State. That cobbler measures 11 feet by 5 feet.
8. "The Peach State": That would be the nickname for Georgia.
9. Peach season: Peaches are best from June to the end of August.
10. Peach ripeness: The flesh of a peach should have a slight give, but use your whole hand vs. fingertips to check since the fruit bruises so easily. Also, check for an even coloring of golden or creamy yellow.
Peach trees should be pruned annually. If they are not pruned, the trees may become weak and open to disease and insects.
The best time to prune peach trees is late March or early April. Avoid pruning within several days of predicted freezing weather. It’s OK to prune peach trees while they are blooming. It will not affect the production of fruit.
The main reasons for pruning peach trees:
To strengthen the tree.
To maintain an open center for adequate sunlight for fruit production.
To remove broken or diseased limbs.
To maintain tree height.
To keep the tree from having too many small fruits.
Remove all suckers and water sprouts growing at the base of the tree. When you are selecting a site for peach trees:
Avoid poorly drained soil.
Pick areas that receive full sunlight.
Avoid areas shaded by tall trees, houses or other buildings.
Young peach trees are normally shipped bare root, with the roots wrapped in moist sawdust. Plant the trees as soon as possible after you receive them. When you are planting, dig a hole twice the size of the root system. Cut off any damaged roots at the point of injury. After you have filled the hole, be sure to water the plant well.
Most peach trees grow best at a soil pH between 6.0 and 6.5. A soil test can determine this.
Peaches and Health
Peaches contain a goodly amount of potassium and also contain vitamins C and A. They have diuretic and laxative properties, aid in the stimulation of digestive juices, and add color to the complexion. Peach leaf tea destroys worms. As with most foods, prolonged cooking will leach vital nutrients from peaches.
Dried peaches have a higher concentration of nutritives, but be aware that most commercially-dried peaches are treated with sulfur dioxide to enhance color and prolong storage life. Be sure to read the label if you are allergic to sulphur.
Like its cousin the almond, peach pits contain a toxic substance known as hydrocyanic acid or cyanide which should be avoided. Ingestion of large quantities of the pits can be fatal.
The Versatile Canned Peach: Serving Ideas & Tips
Did you know that those cans tucked in the cupboard or chilling in the refrigerator may just be the advantage you need to help you reach your health goals? For today’s health conscious and busy lifestyles, canned peaches are an ideal choice. Here are some tips and ways that canned peaches can give you an edge when it comes to making nutritious food choices:
Canned peaches can be substituted for fresh peaches in recipes such as pies, crisps and cobblers-peaches should be drained and only half the sugar called for in the recipe used.
Canned fruits will keep in the unopened can for up to two years; after being opened, the canned fruit should be put in a container and refrigerated, or frozen for up to six months.
Fruits intended for canning are harvested at their peak of ripeness, when vitamin content and flavor are at their highest, and in most cases, are canned within 24 hours, locking in valuable nutrients and fresh taste.
California Cling Peaches account for more than 98% of the peaches used for commercial canning as they are exceptional in their ability to retain their flavor and consistency.
Delicious Serving Ideas
Start your day with an energy-packed Peach Smoothie! Combine 1 (15 oz.) can of canned California peaches, 2 cups vanilla (or plain) yogurt and 8 ice cubes in a blender; cover and blend until smooth. Makes 4 nutritious servings.
For Peachy Parfaits, spoon alternating layers of dry cereal, yogurt and canned California peach slices into a tall glass. Perfect for brunches or as a single serving in a plastic cup for an on-the-go meal.
Canned California peaches make a spectacular topping for pancakes, waffles and French toast.
Serve canned California peaches with cottage cheese or yogurt for a healthy breakfast or afternoon snack.
Canned California peaches make a great addition to fruit salad. Cut peach slices, strawberries, bananas, apples, pineapple, and kiwis into chunks. Toss in a large bowl and serve.
Fruit kabobs are a fun way to add canned California peaches to a meal. Kids love them as an after-school snack. Simply cut peach slices into chunks and spear onto wooden skewers. Alternate with different fruits (apples, bananas, strawberries, grapes and pineapple work well), chill and serve.
Canned California peaches can also be dressed up for dinner. Drizzle a little melted butter over peach slices and lightly broil for a perfect side dish with chicken, pork, beef, or lamb.
Serve canned California peach slices over ice cream or frozen yogurt for a special sweet treat.
Canned California peach slices make a delicious filling in any crisp, pie, turnover or tart recipe.
For a quick and easy peach sorbet, place two cans of peaches in the freezer overnight. Briefly run the cans under hot water to loosen the contents. Dice into 1″ cubes and put in a food processor and pulse until creamy. Serve immediately or freeze for later use. If desired, garnish with a sprig of mint.
Sliced, canned California peaches can be combined with greens and walnuts in a salad, along with a dressing of one cup purëed peaches, and two tablespoons each of white vinegar and oil.
Canned California peaches are excellent with main dishes as well. Peach halves can be grilled on the barbecue for a couple of minutes on each side and served with grilled meats, or canned peaches can be purëed and used as a sauce.