A Peak Taste of Summer

August is National Peach Month
peaches

There is nothing quite like a perfectly ripe peach. Peaches are in season from May to September, but are at their peak in July and August.

Peaches provide a taste of summer. If you want that taste in the winter, canned or frozen peaches are a great option. Just look out for added sugar. Peaches in heavy syrup will have a lot of added sugar. Peaches in their own juices will be much lower in sugar.

Peaches, as well as most fruits and vegetables, are a good source of antioxidants.  Antioxidants are a type of nutrient that prevents damage in our bodies.  They can help prevent many signs of aging and reduce the risk of many diseases, like cancer and heart disease.  Fruit parfaits are a delicious way to eat more antioxidants.

What is the Difference Between a Peach and a Nectarine?

Nectarines are sometimes called “shaved peaches” or “fuzzless peaches.”  Other than the fuzz, there is very little differences.  They are closely related and similar in nutrients.

How to pick a perfectly ripe peach

To avoid biting into a hard, flavorless peach, find one with slight give. Use your whole hand to test for ripeness, as peaches can bruise easily. Check for even coloring and that distinctive peachy smell.  Peaches and their fuzz-free cousins, nectarines, can be yellow or white-fleshed. White peaches and nectarines are sweeter and less acidic. A large peach has fewer than 70 calories, and provides 3 grams of fiber. Peaches are a good source of vitamins A and C, which are good for our eyes and immune systems. A large peach will meet half of your recommended daily intake of fruit.

Picking your own peaches and other fruit is a great way to get outside for some healthy fun this summer. Finding a local farm that offers pick-your-own fruits is easy. Check out http://www.pickyourown.org/NH.htm