Peaches are a stone fruit (known as such because of the stone-like pit at the core of the fruit) with either a white or yellow flesh. The white flesh variety is typically very sweet while yellow-fleshed peaches typically have an acidic tang coupled with sweetness. The ancient Chinese consider the peach a symbol of long life and immortality. If that isn’t reason enough to enjoy a peach, there are so many other reasons and uses! Peaches can be used as they traditionally have, in cobblers or on their own, but they also make a great addition to salads, used for a chutney to accompany a meal, or in a delicious smoothie.


Nutrition

  • Very low in sodium, saturated fat, and cholesterol
  • Very good source of vitamin C
  • Good source of vitamin A, niacin, potassium, and dietary fiber

Tips for Selection

  • Select peaches that are yellow or a warm cream color
  • The amount of red blush on their cheeks depends on the variety and it is not an indicator of ripeness
  • Do not choose peaches with green undertones. This is a sign that they were picked too soon and will not ripen properly
  • Always look for medium to large peaches with unwrinkled skins and that are mildly fragrant

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