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October 7th, 2016

Pretty in Pink: Peaches!

by Yael Ben-Chaim

Peaches!

At any visit to a farmers market in the height of summer, one can find peaches of all varieties. However, if you want this juicy, fuzzy,  white, yellow or orange fruit you must get them soon as they won’t be around much longer. In Maryland, peaches are generally out of season around the early October, if not before, and farmers are selling them out quick!

Peaches, along with cherries, apricots, plums and nectarines and stone fruits, meaning they have one large seed in the middle. Stone fruits all share similar nutritional qualities.

Vitamin C, an antioxidant, can help to improve skin. Vitamin C, helps to develop collagen, a structural protein that maintains clear and healthy skin conditions. Peaches can prevent wrinkle formation and lines on the face. All the more reason to have a second helping of peach cobbler!

Magnesium, another essential mineral is plentiful  in peaches, and  assists in nervous system function. The absence, or lack of magnesium in human body is linked to increased activity of nerve signals, which results in increased anxiety. Peach magnesium consumption aids in keeping the nervous system calm, steady, and balanced.

Peaches are also rich in ascorbic acid and zinc. Ascorbic acid and zinc, along with vitamin C aid the body in maintaining a healthy immune system. The consumption of ascorbic acid and zinc can reduce the chances of a cold, and the onset of other viruses. With onset of colder weather and end of the summer sun, peaches are the perfect treat to prevent the typical fall sniffles!

Peaches are great in pies, tarts and other desserts, but if you are looking for a peach-treat that is lower on the sugar side, we found this recipe for Peach Salsa from Natasha’s Kitchen.

Ingredients:

  • 1lb tomatoes, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 2 jalapeños, seeded and diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 ½ lbs. peaches, diced
  • ½ bunch of cilantro, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 1 ½ tsp salt, or to taste.
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper

 

Along with peaches, you can find most of these items at the farmers market!

Instructions:

  • Chop tomatoes and put into large bowl
  • Chop peppers jalapeños, and onions and put into bowl with tomatoes
  • Dice, and transfer peaches to bowl.
  • Add cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper to bowl.
  • Add spices as necessary and enjoy with tortilla chips, or as a topping on fish!

 

About the Author Yael Ben-Chaim

Yael is a food-lover, interested in local food systems and farmers markets. Follow Yael's blog posts on farmer market produce, recipes, and nutrition information. Yael is an AmeriCorps VISTA at the Maryland Farmers Market Association and is developing a seasonal food education program for MDFMA.