There is something about eating a freshly ripe peach that just screams summer! If you spent any time at your local farmer’s market this weekend, you may have noticed the peaches have arrived. Peaches originate from northwest China, where even now, they are seen as a symbol of good luck, protection and longevity. We can see why. Peaches are a packed with vitamins and nutrients that help support skin health in addition to overall health. August is National Peach Month and the peak time for finding peaches in season – which means they will have the best flavor.
How Peaches help skin health
Peaches are a great source of vitamin A, C and Selenium. Vitamin A revitalizes skin by increasing cell turnover. The antioxidant vitamin C, when eaten in its natural form or applied topically, can reduce wrinkles, improve overall skin texture and help to fight skin damage caused by the sun and pollution. Vitamin C also plays a vital role in the formation of collagen, the support system of your skin.
How to buy
The inner flesh of a peach can range in color from white to yellow or orange. Health benefits are the same with either, so choose according to your preference. Peaches get softer and juicier after picking but they only develop flavor and sweetness on the tree. Choose fruit with a taut skin that yields slightly to pressure: firmish fruit are fine but hard fruit should be avoided. The amount and depth of pink coverage on the skin varies and does not signify ripeness, but any sign of green reveals fruit that has been picked prematurely. Scent strength is a very good indicator of the level of flavor.
How to store
Firm peaches can be kept at room temperature until soft (storing in a paper bag will accelerate this process). Soft fruit can be refrigerated to help maintain their condition but very ripe peaches go from peak to rotten rapidly so they should be eaten right away.
How to prepare
Allow refrigerated peaches to reach room temperature before eating. If eating with the skin on they should be cleaned by light brushing under running water.
Peeled or cut peaches will turn brown as they oxidise: rub surfaces with a little lemon juice to help prevent this.
|How to incorprate more peaches into your diet
Need some ideas for adding more peaches to your diet? Here are some quick and easy ideas. Check out our Pinterest for more recipes.
Make it a meal: Beat the heat with a summer salad! Start with mixed greens or spinach and add dry-roasted nuts, fresh peaches, fresh mozzarella and grilled chicken, salmon or tofu. Drizzle with a balsamic dressing.
Grab and go: Peaches are a quick and easy “on-the-go” snack that requires no prep time. Replace your afternoon cookie with a sweet peach.
Sweeten your morning: Add peaches to your breakfast! Sliced peaches go great with oatmeal and cold cereals, and as a topper for pancakes, waffles and French toast.
Refresh your beverage: Muddle peaches into your glass of lemonade, iced tea or water for a burst of fresh fruity flavor.
Snack Healthy: Bake sliced peaches with a drizzle of honey and cinnamon for a quick and healthy dessert.
Get spicy: Incorporate peaches into your salsa. Make a fresh salsa with diced peaches, mango, jalapeno, red peppers and chipotle pepper. Use as a topper for your favorite fish tacos.
Smooth it over: Add a few slices of frozen peaches to your smoothies. Add pineapple juice, half a frozen banana and Greek yogurt for a sweet citrusy treat.
What are you waiting for? Go buy peaches now! Have a favorite recipe using peaches? Share with us in the comments or on our Facebook page.
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