What do you think of when I mention Peaches
? Is it your Grandmother's Peach
cobbler? The Peach
tea at Olive Garden? Maybe you have visions of a Peach
orchard baking in the summer sun? Or, who could forget the creepy tale of James and the Giant Peach
Peach have been a favorite Summer fruit since 1000BC. They were first grown in Southern China and spread west when the Persian Empire developed the trade route known as the Silk Road. Peaches didn't come to America until the 1600s when Spanish settlers introduced them to the Native Americans. The Native Americans (Cherokee and Iroquois specifically) began trading the stone pits across America, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Now, Americans are eating Peaches in droves. According to the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center (AgMRC), The US produced 838,027 tons of peaches in 2014.
That's almost 410,900 cars worth of Peaches!
But why do we like them as much as we do? Well, as with most fruits, Peaches are pretty amazing.
They contain high amounts of vitamin A, Beta-Carotene, and vitamin C (or Absorbic Acid). Peaches also contain vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol), vitamin K (phylloquinone), vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin B-6, folate, and pantothenic acid.
And that's not including the wide variety of minerals they contain, such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, manganese, phosphorous, zinc, and copper.
It's no wonder we love Peaches so much!
Adding Peaches to your diet can benefit you in many ways. They promote:
The Peach has more benefits than this, and I'll leave links at the bottom (like I always do) for you to check out. In the meantime, let's talk recipes. Adding Peaches to your diet is easy since they are such a versatile fruit. They are great when:
- Nerve Health (Peaches contain potassium, which is vital for proper nerve signaling and cellular functioning of the body)
- Antioxidant absorption (The chlorogenic acid in Peaches help the body absorb Antioxidants)
- Eye Health (Peaches are high in Beta-Carotene and Vitamin A, which are essential for your eyes)
- Cardiovascular Health (the antioxidants, fiber, and phytochemicals help maintain a healthy heart)
- Iron Intake (Peaches are rich in Iron and help combat Anemia)
- Digestive Health (The fiber content supports the gut while detoxing the body)
- Happiness (all variants of the Peach are known anti-depressants. Eating a Peach before bed can help reduce stress, and the flowers can act as a sedative)
These are a few of my personal favorites, but I'm sure there are many, many ways that you can eat a Peach.
Before we close out this article, I do have some warnings to give you. Some people are allergic to Peaches, so be careful if it's your first time using them. If you're not sure, talk to your doctor before you add Peaches to your diet.
Also, don't use the Peach Pit. One of my sources says that the pit has some benefits of its own, but it also contains low amounts of Cyanide. Cyanide can build up in your system over time, so it's best to avoid using the pit altogether.
That's it for this article! What are your favorite ways to use a Peach? Let me know!
To learn more, visit Organic Facts, Medical News Today, Nutrition and You, Home Remedy Hacks, and QUATR.US. The photos are my own.
- Sauteed with brown sugar and butter
- Added to tea
- Made into Pie or Cobbler
- Made into Tea (either add fresh bits to iced tea, or make a tea from the flowers and bark)
- Blended into smoothies
- Added to Ice Cream
- And eaten fresh.