Peaches, for us here at Homegrown, bring back sweet memories of summer days – particularly memories of warm peach cobbler fresh out of the oven, paired with a side of whipped cream, and smiles from all who are about to eat and enjoy the dish.
There is no doubt that peaches are a quintessential piece of summer. They seem to capture the essence of what a lazy summer day feels like, with their juicy sweetness and sunshine-colored flesh. It ’s just our luck that they are coming into season right now!
That being said, here are five facts about peaches that you should know:
Peaches Originated in China
Where did they come from? Surprisingly enough, the very first peaches were discovered centuries ago in China. After some experimentation, Chinese farmers were able to domesticate the wild fruit they had found, and grow it into a piece of fruit the public would enjoy. Now, they are a family favorite worldwide, and we can’t imagine our lives without them!
Bonus fact: In China, the peach was seen as a sign of good luck towards a long life, and, with all their health benefits, it’s no surprise!
High in Antioxidants
It’s crazy how something that tastes so good can still be so healthy for you. With the average medium peach weighing in at only 59 calories, it seems almost too good to be true.
Alongside their irresistible flavor and low-calorie count, peaches are amazingly high in antioxidants. Antioxidants help to strengthen your immune system so that you can better fight off diseases that may be negatively impacting your immune system’s health. And remember: make sure you eat both the flesh and skin of the peach because the combo of the two is a match-made-in-heaven for antioxidants.
Skin Health Coming Your Way!
Have you ever noticed how many peach-based skin-care products there are in stores? Chances are, you may have seen at least one skin-care product that has peaches associated with it, and it’s no surprise, considering that the vitamins and minerals in peaches are so beneficial to your skin’s health.
Peaches are high in Vitamins C and A, which both attribute to your skin’s health. Vitamin C helps to strengthen your immune system, which assists in fighting off infections your skin may be susceptible to, and it promotes the production of the collagen that gives your skin that elasticity you need. Additionally, Vitamin A’s benefit is that it can help keep your skin strong and healthy by preventing skin cancer! So eat peaches to keep your skin looking fresh and healthy.
Clingstone and Freestone?
In your peach-eating, you may have noticed that some peaches you eat have flesh that sticks to the stone and, in contrast, flesh that is easily detached from the stone. Well, there are terms for both of these types of peaches: clingstone and freestone. The clingstone, as per its name, is the peach that has stubborn flesh that won’t separate itself from the stone, whereas the freestone is the one that detaches no problem.
California Peach Production
There are four top states that produce peaches, which consist of California, South Carolina, Georgia, and New Jersey. California, being the produce powerhouse that it is, is known for producing nearly half of the United States’ fresh peaches. Wow!
We think peaches are a pretty amazing fruit, and hopefully, you do too! Were you surprised by these peach facts? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and see the recipe below for a summer peach treat, along with many more on our Pinterest profile!
- 2 cups of peaches, peeled and chopped
- 2 tbsp butter
- ¼ cup of brown sugar
- ½ tsp vanilla
- 1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
- Pinch of cinnamon
- Popsicle mold and sticks
- Separate out ½ cup of uncooked peaches to put into the molds. In a large skillet, heat butter on the stovetop until melted. Pour in 1 ½ cups of chopped peaches into the skillet. Add brown sugar and vanilla.
- Cook on medium heat until stonefruit is slightly browned and the sugar begins to thicken and caramelize. Remove from heat and place caramelized fruit in the blender and blend until smooth.
- In a large bowl, pour blended stone fruit mixture. Add the cup of Greek yogurt and stir. Add a pinch of cinnamon and stir. Blend well.
- Place one layer of peach uncooked chunks into popsicle molds. Add a layer of the yogurt mixture. Add more peach chunks and another layer of yogurt mixture. Repeat until the molds are full. Place in freezer overnight and then enjoy!