A peach is a round stone fruit with juicy yellow flesh and pinkish-yellow skin that can be eaten raw, made into desserts or added to salads. With fuzziness serving as its external texture, internally, the flesh is soft and sweet with a pleasant fruity aroma.
Low in calories and with little to no saturated fats, peaches are packed with many health promoting compounds and nourishing minerals. A vital source of vitamins A, C and K, the succulent fruit helps protect against disease process and infectious agents. 100g of peaches yields the following:
- Vitamin A – 7% of DV
- Calcium – 1% of DV
- Vitamin C – 11% of DV
- Iron – 1% of DV
- Potassium – 5% of DV
- Choose peaches that are firm but have some ‘give’ when you gently squeeze them.
- Avoid fruit with blemishes or splits.
- Peaches ripen in cool, dark places.
- Store unripe peaches in a paper bag for up to two days and when ripe refrigerate for up to five days.