|Peaches – Peachy in July|
Fresh, Sweet, Succulent
We love the fresh fruits of summer, especially the peach. As Southerners (Georgia Peaches to be exact), we would like to claim the peach but China has that distinction. The peach was first cultivated in China, almost 4,000 years ago, and plays an important part in Chinese tradition and culture and is symbolic of long life. It was mentioned in tenth century BC Chinese writings and was a favored fruit of emperors.
From China, the peach found its way to India, Persia, Europe and America. Christopher Columbus is credited with bringing peach seeds to the new world on his second and third trips. From those beginning seeds, the United States is currently the third largest producer of peaches in the world, behind China and Italy. South Carolina and Georgia rank #2 and #3, respectively, in fresh peach production, with California leading the way. Today, peaches are the second largest commercial fruit crop in the States, second only to apples.
Nutritionally, peaches are very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. They are also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Niacin and Potassium, and a very good source of Vitamin C. And a medium size peach contains only 40 calories and 1 gram of dietary fiber.
Some interesting peach tips from the South Carolina Peach Commission:
What about that pit? Freestone vs. Clingstone.
Clingstone peaches – These have a firm flesh that clings to the pit, or seed. It can be removed by slicing off with a knife. Clingstone peaches are the first peaches offered every summer and are great choices for eating fresh, freezing, cooking, or drying because they hold their shape.
Freestone peaches – As the summer progresses, Freestone peaches are available. Freestones have a juicy, soft flesh that is easily separated from the pit. These peaches taste great eaten fresh and make a cook’s work easier in the kitchen.
There is no taste difference between Freestone and Clingstone peaches!
Unable to eat all your peaches before they spoil?
What Are White Peaches?
Just remember, the key to choosing the best peaches – whether white or yellow – is the feel and smell of the fruit, not the color. Look for peaches that are somewhat firm yet yield lightly to pressure when applied. When you can smell the sweetness of a peach without even taking a bite, then you know that fruit is ready to eat.
August is National Peach Month, and July 17th is Peach Ice Cream Day, so KosherEye thought we would get a head-start by featuring some fabulous peach recipes:
A KosherEye Kitchen Tip:
Enjoy the summer bounty of fresh peaches!
July 5th, 2012