Peaches are one of my all-time favorite fruits. Here in the south, they are starting to roll out and you can find them at any farm stand, grocer, or roadside fruit stand.
I have always liked peaches, but since moving to the south I have fallen IN LOVE with them! Not only are they yummy and versatile, they are nutritious too. This sweet, juicy, and tender fruit isn’t just a great treat–it is packed full of good-for-you nutrition that your family can benefit from. What better (or tastier) way for your kids to meet their recommended “Five A Day”?
Peach Fruit Facts
- They originated in China
- China is still the world’s largest producer
- The United Sates produces about 25% of the world’s peaches
- Although Georgia is the peach state, about half of the peaches grown in the U.S. are from California
- Peaches grow on trees with beautiful blossoms and belong to the rose family
- The pit contains a poisonous substance–hence, keep away from experimenting toddlers..and puppies!
- They come in hundreds of varieties
- There are 2 types: clingstone and freestone
Why Pick Peaches?
They are yummy and good for you. They contain antioxidants, fiber, potassium, Vitamin B3, and are a good source of Vitamins A (beta-carotene) and C. They are also fat-, cholesterol-, and sodium-free. All of these factors help prevent chronic diseases and obesity, which means they are a great choice for growing bodies.
When to Pick
Although they are available almost year-round, they are best in July and August. Your family can also enjoy canned or frozen peaches anytime.
How to Pick
- They should have a nice “peachy” fragrance
- They shouldn’t be too firm, and yield slightly to pressure
- When shopping, choose ripe-picked fruit with a bright yellow background
- Peaches spoil easily, so don’t buy too many at one time
- Don’t buy soft, bruised or blemished fruits
- Don’t refrigerate unripe peaches
How to Prepare Them
From al fresco to a la mode, there are countless ways to enjoy this succulent fruit. Try some of these suggestions:
- As a fresh snack, alone, or over cottage cheese
- On hot or cold cereals
- Frozen and blended into a smoothie
- With grilled or roasted meats
- On a salad
- In place of other fruits in your favorite recipes, such as Peach Shortcake
- Grilled, baked, sliced, diced, or pureed
No matter how you slice it, peaches are a great summer fruit for your family. Take advantage of their peak season and buy a bunch today!
Contributing Author: Cami Ruark