Peaches originate from the mountains of China and South Asia. Their skin color can range from yellow to bright reddish-orange.
Peaches and nectarines are the same species, even though they are regarded as different fruits. Nectarines have an orange center and smooth skin, while peaches have white or yellow centers and very fuzzy skin. There are peaches known as cling peaches as well as free stone peaches, the latter meaning when you cut the peach in half, the halves pull away freely from the stone. It is not called a pit, but rather a stone, which is why peaches, plums, nectarines and apricots are called stone fruit.
Three Reasons to Eat Peaches
- Peaches are a rich source of phytonutrients and antioxidants that not only give peaches their orange hues, but also protect cells against harmful free radicals.
- Peaches are a good source of vitamin A and C, niacin, potassium and fiber.
- One medium-sized peach contains 38 calories.
How to Select & Store Peaches
- Select: Look for peaches that are fully ripe and have a rich aroma. They should also be soft with a bright reddish-orange color.
- Store: Fresh ripe peaches can last up to three days in the refrigerator. If you plan on eating them within one or two days of purchasing, store them at room temperature. They will taste better and be juicier this way!
- Ripen: If you purchase unripe peaches, simply place them in a paper bag with a banana at room temperature. They should be ripe in 24 hours!
Fast Recipe Ideas for Peaches
- Grill sliced peaches for a sweet and savory summertime dessert!
- Blend peaches with a small amount of milk until smooth. Top whole wheat waffles, oatmeal, or even frozen yogurt!