Fresh Peaches

July 2, 2009

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Sometimes, ripe fruits and vegetables are just too good to be cooked or sugar coated. They’re delicious in their own right and packed with nutrition. I came real close to featuring a pound cake with peaches in syrup or a peach cobbler (I probably will later), but in honor of the peak of summer and the bounty of seasonal produce available, I dedicate this post to the unadulterated peach.

This season especially, I’m coming to realize that ripe, fresh picked fruits and vegetables have so much more flavor than the produce you normally find in the grocery store year round. The latter has often been prematurely picked and is several days or a week old before it gets in your shopping bag, which means less flavor and less nutrients.

Fresh, local peaches are just now beginning to show up on market stands, and they’ll be with us through August. I couldn’t be happier. Their fragrance reminds me of home and when I used to help my grandfather sell South Carolina peaches at the local farmers’ market. Oh, and that’s a helpful tip for you when purchasing peaches — if you can’t easily smell their fragrance, then they’re probably not going to be the best pick. That I knew, but here are a few other tips: 

“Look for ones with a creamy to gold undercolor that indicates ripeness. The amount of red on peaches depends on the variety, it is not always a sign of ripeness. Look for fruit that has a well-defined crease and a good fragrance. Unripe peaches have a green undercolour and will never ripen.”

The Fruit Pages

Originally from China (fascinating), peaches are high in potassium and contain vitamins C and A. They also contain fiber, are low in calories, have high water content, and are considered to be a natural diuretic. All good for you and your taste buds, so find yourself a good peach and indulge in the natural beauty of summer.

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3 Responses to “Fresh Peaches”

  1. Crystal - Cafe Cyan on July 2nd, 2009 11:37 am

    Gorgeous picture! Thanks for the peach info as I have 4 sitting on my counter waiting for dinner…Spinach Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette.

  2. Tesia on July 2nd, 2009 12:16 pm

    Thanks for the comment Crystal! I’m glad you like the photo and post.

  3. glynislowry on July 2nd, 2009 6:31 pm

    Tesia,I have enjoyed looking at your recipes. I am going to try the toasty granola.


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