Everything’s Just “Peachy”
When you think of summer, what comes to mind? Warm weather, outdoor activities and fresh fruit. Not many fruits have climbed the ranks of “National Month” status, but peaches have. August is National Peach Month and with all the ripe and juicy peaches available this time of year, there are lots of reasons and ways to celebrate.
According to the University of Georgia’s website:
Although grown in Georgia, peaches first came from China. They go back to the 10th century B.C. and are often found in pictures from that time. The Chinese have developed many different types of peaches.
The peach got its name around 300 B.C. when a Greek philosopher thought it came from Persia and named this lovely fruit to that country. In the New World, peaches date back to the 1500’s, brought first to Latin America by early Spanish colonists. Peaches were first grown in Georgia during the colonial period of the 1700s. After the Civil War, Georgia peach growers developed superior new varieties, which boosted the commercial peach industry and made Georgia the “Peach State.”
As far back as the 10th century, the Chinese have believed that peaches can help you live longer. And now scientific data seems to back up that claim. Well, sort of. Peaches are high in potassium. And a lack of potassium can cause or intensify conditions such as memory loss, skin problems, stress, weakness, and tension. Also, some medications deplete natural potassium stores from the body which can cause
blood pressure issues. Some heart issues have been linked to potassium shortages. It’s no coincidence that peaches are called the “longevity fruit.”
Peach pits, in some Eastern cultures, are made into a tea that is used for kidney cleansing and body detoxification. And peach blossoms are said to have a sedative effect.
Peaches are high in fiber, and a high fiber diet aids digestion and weight management. High fiber diets also prevent coronary heart disease. In addition to high-fiber content, the average size peach contains approximately 68 calories and zero fat! Peaches are loaded with beta-carotene, lycopene (move over tomatoes), lutein, and iron. In fact, the iron content of peaches nearly rivals that of spinach and tastes so much better! Best of all, they taste so great that they make it easy to get in your recommended daily servings of fruit.
Can peaches or freeze them for later, or enjoy them now in some of these great recipes.
Dried peaches also go great in homemade snack mixes for picnics or hiking. And, of course, we have some refreshing Peach Smoothies at Tropical Smoothie Cafe like our Peaches ‘N Silk or the Get Up and Goji. Come celebrate National Peach Month with us!