It’s a very happy time of year – the beginning of peach season! Peaches originally hail from China, but we think Texas peaches are some of the best in the world. Families head out to the Hill Country every year for a chance to pick their own straight from the orchard. What’s so great about peaches?
A member of the rose family, along with plums, almonds, and apricots, peaches are a fuzzy-skinned stone fruit. The “stone” is a hard pit that covers the seeds in the center of the fruit. The pit is sometimes used in natural cosmetics as an exfoliant in facial cleansers. They were once called Persian Apples and the word “peach” is used in modern English as a term of endearment, “You’re a real peach.”
The juicy peach contains vitamins A, C, B1, B2, B6, and minerals such as potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, sulfur, chlorine, manganese, copper and iron. They are jam packed with antioxidants, selenium, and carotenoids. They are the third most popular fruit grown in the US, Georgia is known as the Peach State, but actually over half of the country’s harvests come from California. The very first peach orchard in the US was started in Florida in 1565.
Almost every part of the peach plant can be used medicinally, from the seeds to the bark of the tree to the leaves and flowers. In Hungary they are called “the fruit of calmness” for their known effect on relieving stress.
According to organicfacts.net:
“The health benefits of peach fruit include relief from hypokalemia, cancer, obesity, cholesterol, blood stasis and neurodegenerative diseases. It helps in maintaining healthy vision, skin care, nervous system, healthy bones, and teeth. It has anti-aging properties and also helps in detoxification, as well as improving digestion and cellular health. It has a wealth of essential nutrients and antioxidants which are valuable during pregnancy and it helps in strengthening the immune system.”