The Popular Peach
Peaches and similar fruit such as nectarines deliver modest amounts of vitamins (especially A and C), niacin and minerals (particularily potassium), while satisfying your craving for something sweet -- all at a tiny price in calories (only 40 in a medium-sized peach).
The popular red blush on peaches may not always be a true sign of maturity. Choose peaches that have a yellow or creamy background, and that are fragrant, unblemished and not too hard. Because fresh peaches are highly perishable, don't buy more than you plan to use. Even when unripe, peaches spoil easily. Peaches are available all year.
Wash peaches carefully in cool water before using. Peaches will peel more easily if blanched for a minute in boiling water, then plunged into cold water for a minute to cool. Use peaches in pasta salad or grill peach halves with blueberries and brown sugar for dessert. Blend into frozen daiquiris, smoothies or shakes. Top with frozen yogurt or angel food cake.
Peaches should be sprinkled with lemon or lime juice after cutting to prevent discoloration.
To ripen peaches, store in a brown bag at room temperature. Ripe peaches can be stored in the crisper bin of your refrigerator for up to five days.
Peaches: Nutritional Facts
- Saturated fat-free
- High in vitamin A
- A good source of vitamin C
A large peach has only 70 calories which makes it a fantastic snack or guilt-free dessert.
Cooking tip: Cook with sugar (1 pound of fruit per 2 cups sugar) on the stove until thickened for a delicious jam. Peaches pair well with almonds, oranges, raspberries, strawberries and ginger.
Very ripe peaches peel with ease. Otherwise, blanching is a good option. Cut a small X in the end opposite the stem and plunge into boiling water for 30 seconds, then swiftly transfer to ice water. The skin will peel away easily afterwards. Rub or sprinkle with lemon juice to prevent the peaches from browning.
Peaches: Quick Serving Suggestions
The grill is also a good buddy for slightly under ripe peaches. Simply halve them, remove the pit and put the peach to the metal.
Peachy Yogurt Smoothie
Into a blender place one 8-ounce cup of low fat peach yogurt, 1 cup sliced frozen peaches and 1/2 teaspoon almond extract. Whir in blender until smooth. Makes 6 servings. Per serving: 2g protein, 0.5g fat, 70mg calcium, 9g carbohydrates, 48 calories
Fantastic Peach Smoothie
Pour half a cup of boiling water over a 1-inch piece of fresh ginger root (peeled and crushed) and let steep for 5 minutes. Strain and stir in 2 to 3 tablespoons of honey to make a syrup. Refrigerate. When ready to drink, place 1 peeled and pitted, chopped peach and 1 sliced banana in a blender and whir. Add the syrup and process until smooth. Enjoy!
Peach Melba Milkshake
Stir 1 cup crushed raspberries and 1 to 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar. Blend 1 pint peach ice cream and 1/4 cup milk; layer in glasses with the raspberry mixture. Top with whole raspberries.
Did You Know?
August is Peach Month
National Peach Cobbler Day is April 13.
Quick Peach Cobbler Recipe
1 stick butter
1 large can sliced peaches
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup self rising flour
1 cup milk
Melt butter in baking dish. Put peaches and 1 cup sugar in a bowl. In another bowl mix flour, 3/4 cup sugar, salt, add milk and stir well until smooth. Pour over peaches Do not stir. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
Notes: Other fruits and berries can be used in this recipe. This batter makes its own crust it rises to top and covers peaches.
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