Peaches are a characteristically fuzzy fruit native to northwest China. They are a member of the stone fruit family, meaning that they have one large middle seed, along with cherries, apricots, plums and nectarines. Stone fruit like peaches, plums and nectarines have been shown to ward off obesity-related diseases such as diabetes, metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease.
Cancer: As an excellent source of the strong antioxidant vitamin C, peaches can also help combat the formation of free radicals known to cause cancer
Skin: The antioxidant vitamin C, when eaten in its natural form (in whole foods such as peaches) or applied topically, can reduce wrinkles, improve overall skin texture and help to fight skin damage caused by the sun and pollution.
Heart health: The fiber, potassium, vitamin C and choline content in peaches all support heart health.
Eye Health: A higher intake of fruits (3 or more servings per day) has been shown to decrease risk of and progression of age-related macular degeneration.
Calorie Count: 59 Cal. in one medium peach
Ways to enjoy
Grilled Peaches with Vanilla Ice Cream: Toss a few peaches on the grill and pull out the vanilla ice cream.
How to store
- Store at room temperature until ripe — refrigerating peaches before they are ripe can lead to loss of flavor, texture and appearance.
- To hasten ripening, place peaches in a paper bag at room temperature, and check daily.
- Once ripe, place peaches in a plastic bag and refrigerate.