Health & Nutrition
Peaches comprise of more than 80% water and a good source of dietary fiber, making them good for those trying to lose weight.
Not only are peaches a mouth-watering treat, they have health benefits too!
Peaches are a very good source of antioxidant Vitamin C which helps the body boost
its immune system. In addition, they are a good source of Vitamins A & B, energy,
potassium, carbohydrates, dietary fiber, and iron.
They are also rich in bioactive compounds such as phenolic acids, anthocyanins,
flavonoids, and procyanidins.
Follow this link to get an even better look at peaches as a nutrients source from
the USDA National Nutrient Database: Download
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When choosing a South Carolina peach, do not be fooled by a heavily blushed color. This red coloring is only an indicator of the type of peach and is a result of the amount of sunlight the fruit received while on the tree. To judge a ripe peach based on color, look at the background for a creamy yellow shade and never choose a fruit tinged with green. Unlike yellow peaches, a white peach will turn whiter as it ripens. A pleasant peachy sweet smell is also a good indicator of ripeness. At the market or grocery store, look for peaches that are firm ripe. To judge a firm ripe peach, gently squeeze the fruit with your palm. You are looking for the fruit to give a little when tested.
Place firm ripe peaches at room temperature – on a counter or shelf – until they are dead ripe and ready to eat. Once a peach is ready to eat and the juice flows when eaten, place it in the refrigerator. They can remain in the fridge for up to 7 – 10 days. Never store a ripening or firm ripe peach in your refrigerator. This kills the fruit resulting in a dry brown mealy-tasting mess.
Peel and slice soft ripe South Carolina peaches into a self-sealing freezer bag. Add 2 Tablespoons sugar for every cup of peaches. Seal, and let sit at room temperature for 20 minutes. This allows the sugar to extract juice from the peaches. Write the date with a permanent marker or pen on the bag. Place in freezer, and enjoy summer peaches throughout the year!