There is nothing I love more than hearing a knock on the door and someone offering me fresh produce. Really. And that happened recently with a bag of freshly picked peaches. Since peaches are in season right now and oh so tasty, I thought I would offer some nutrition information and advice.
Peaches, like all fruits, are nutritional powerhouses! They are a great source of vitamin C, vitamin A and potassium. They also contain lutein and lycopene, which are powerful phytochemicals that may reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer and macular degeneration. One small peach has about 42 calories and 2 grams of fiber.
Peaches are native to China where they have been grown for over 2,500 years. They were once a symbol of longevity and immortality. Georgia used to be the largest producer of peaches in the United States, earning the title of the Peach State but has since been surpassed by California. Peaches are called stone fruits due to their hard seed. They have a fuzzy skin, which is the only physical difference between them and nectarines. Peach trees are also related to plum, cherry, apricot and almond trees.
Choose peaches that are slightly soft to firm and free of blemishes. When ripe, colors can vary between white, light pink, yellow, orange and red. Store on the counter for 3 to 4 days or slightly longer in the refrigerator.
My favorite way to eat them is on top of overnight muesli. But they are equally tasty on their own, on a spinach salad or in cereal. Here are a few links to some recipes (nutrition information is included in the recipe):
What is your favorite way to eat a peach? I want to hear…I have a whole bag I need to use!!!
Emily Fonnesbeck RD,CD