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» Articles » Health » Peaches: Wholesome And Then Some

Peaches: Wholesome And Then Some

by Douglas L. Bishop on 9/2/2012 12:21

There’s an old expression “peachy keen” that’s used descriptively to mean “really good, just right, excellent in all respects.”

We could use this same expression to accurately describe the healthy fruits we’re talking about today—peaches are definitely “peachy keen”!

Peaches are just about an ideal food in terms of being both extremely delicious as well as extremely healthful for the human body.

And, for ease of preparation, peaches take top prize—no preparation is required! Just wash the ripened peach under running water and eat it fresh and raw to enjoy its wonderfully sweet and juicy flavor.

If you like, you can cut the peach in half or into smaller sections as you remove it from its centrally located single seed.

And what do you get when you consume the peach (other than delicious taste)? How about a food that’s low in calories and contains no saturated fat?

Peaches are also high in Vitamin A, which supports healthy vision. In addition, peaches are rich in the all-important antioxidants of Vitamins C and E.

Peaches are a good source of potassium, as well as niacin and iron. They’re rich in fiber, which is beneficial in digestive health and weight management.

Peaches are native to China, where their health benefits have been known and praised for thousands of years.

Presently, peach trees are planted and grown both commercially and by home gardeners on several continents wherever temperate conditions allow survival of the trees during the winter months and fruition of the peaches during the summer months.

If you want to try your hand at growing peaches, Stark Brothers® is always a reliable source of fruit trees and their Burbank® July Elberta and Starking® Delicious are favorite varieties.

Always check to see if the trees you are ordering are recommended for your hardiness zone, and remember to plant them where they'll get plenty of sunshine.

Peaches are said to be either “freestone” meaning the edible pulp separates easily from the seed, or “clingstone” where the pulp is firmly attached to the seed.

Whether you buy your fresh peaches at the market or you grow and pick your own, you’re in for a tasty and healthful treat.

One suggestion—maybe just don’t tell the kids that something that tastes this sweet, juicy, and delicious is really nutritious and good for their health. They’ll never believe you!

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