Peaches may not be giant nor have the ability to magically transport us across realms, but they are as equally important as watermelon, pineapple and berries when it comes to healthy summer fruit. The fuzzy, sometimes white, sometimes peach fruit from the Prunus persica tree, is chock full of vitamins A and C and has fewer than 70 calories and three grams of fiber.
Originally from Asia, the origin of the fruit in America dates back to 1571, when Franciscan friars introduced them to St. Simons and Cumberland islands along Georgia’s coast, according to the Georgia Peach Council’s website. Since then, they have remained a popular fruit ultimately earning Georgia the “Peach State” moniker. Peaches are now grown in 47 U.S. states and come in two main varieties (white and yellow flesh).
Here are 10 ways a peach is the ultimate summer fruit.
- A ripe peach is perfect on a hot summer day
- It can be used in recipes from pies and salads to meat dishes
- It can be eaten raw or cooked
- Can help improve vision
- Improves digestion
- Has anti-aging properties
- Has a pleasant, fragrant smell
- Can be spread on toast
- Can aid in hyperactivity
- It’s soft and delicious
Peaches come in many varieties and can be enjoyed fresh, frozen, dried, canned and in jelly form. When choosing canned peaches look for labels with “packed in its own juice,” “lite,” or “no sugar added.” These are healthier choices.