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Calories In Peach
Peaches are native to China, but are now grown across the world. They are usually cultivated in regions which have a cool climate. The flesh of a peach is yellowish-orange or white and the outer skin is reddish-yellow in color. Peaches with white flesh are much sweeter while the ones with yellow flesh are acidic and slightly sour. Peaches are considered to be nutritious since they have rich stores of vitamin A, potassium and other nutrients.
Nutrition And Calories In Peaches
One medium sized peach with the skin contains 1.36 grams of protein, 2.2 grams of dietary fiber and several minerals such as calcium, iron, manganese, copper, phosphorus, selenium and zinc.
Health Benefits Of Peaches
The health benefits of peaches are as follows;
Buying And Storing Peaches
When buying peaches, ensure that they have a uniform background color. For instance, yellow peaces should have an even golden yellow background while white fleshed peaches should have a creamy yellow background. Good peaches also have a defined crease and are not too hard and neither too soft. Avoid buying peaches which are greenish near the stem or have a shriveled skin. Remember to also smell the peach as you can often tell if a fruit is good by its aroma. Avoid pressing the peach with your fingertips since the skin bruises easily. Instead place the peach in your hand to check for ripeness.
You can keep peaches at room temperature until they are as ripe as you prefer. You can encourage ripening by keeping the peaches in a paper bag. Once they are ripe, they should be placed in the crisper container of the refrigerator. They will keep here for about five days.
A good way to store peaches, especially if you have them in excess, is to peel and slice them and then place on a baking tray. Place the tray in the freezer until the peaches are frozen. You can then put the slices in a re-sealable plastic bag and store in the freezer for later use. Peaches stored in this manner will keep for up to 6 months and can be used in baking.
It is important to wash peaches under running water before eating. You can also rub the fruit gently with a paper towel to get rid of the fuzz. If you are going to slice or chop peaches, remember to add some lemon juice to prevent discoloration.
Peaches can be eaten as they are or you can add them to fruit salads, baked foods and smoothies. You can enhance the flavor of peaches with spices such as cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Peaches can also be used to prepare jams.
|Submitted on January 16, 2014|