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