The nutritional value of peaches is very good as this healthy
fruit provides a variety of vitamins including vitamin A,
vitamin B and vitamin C. Its highest vitamin content is vitamin
C followed by A. This fruit is also a good source of potassium
and of dietary fibre which can benefit a controlled diet and
healthy eating plan.
Fibre helps to maintain the digestive system which in turn can
encourage weight loss. Some other health benefits of peaches
include the fact that this fruit is low in saturated fat, sodium
Peaches are low in calories and a
little higher in carbs, and a very good, healthy fruit whether
its eaten raw, fresh, cooked, canned or dried. The amount of
calories in peaches depends on the method the fruit is served or
cooked, for example if the fruit is served in syrup or with ice
cream, obviously it will contain more calories.
fruit is extremely low in fat and most of the calories in peach
comes from the sugars. The following calorie guide can be used
to calculate the amount of peach calories and carbohydrates:
Calories in Peaches per 100 grams:
Fresh, raw peaches - 33 calories / 7.6 carbs
in natural juice- 39 calories / 9.7 carbs
Canned peaches in
syrup - 50 calories / 13.2 carbs
different varieties of peach which vary mainly by the color of
their skin and flesh. Some fruits are widely recognized by their
name or variety, however, it's a little different with peaches.
The following information provides some facts about the
different variety of peaches available:
White peaches variety:
Mireille peach originates from France and is popular variety.
varieties: Bellgarde peach, Royal George peach and Elegant Lady
variety: Pêche de Vigne, which means peach of the grapevine, are
grown in France. Pêche de Vignes are a very popular type as they
taste divine. This is a dull looking fuzzy peach which is small
in size, but has wonderfully, tasty red flesh inside.
Canned peaches: This fruit
is available canned in juice or syrup; juice being the healthier
option. The fruit doesn't provide the usual soft delicate
texture as it does when eaten fresh. However, peaches bruise
easily so this is still a delicious and very healthy
peaches: This type is becoming increasingly popular. Dried
peaches are particularly good for peach dessert recipes
including tarts and cakes.
What are Peaches?
Peaches are a stone fruit (otherwise
known as drupes) and they are a member of the Prunus family.
This fruit has fuzzy, velvety soft skin, the color of peach
which is a combination of the shades of yellow, orange and red
colors. The most common types of peaches are round in shape with
a small pointy end. The flesh of peaches is deliciously juicy,
soft, succulent and textured.
The flavor is sweet and
very distinct. The peach flesh may vary in color from shades of
white, yellow and tinges of red. The peach seed or stone is
fairly large, it is deeply ridged and lies at the centre of the
fruit. This type of fruit is grown on peach trees but one
interesting fact about the peach tree is that it can also
produce the nectarine fruit! Nectarines and peaches are very
similar, the main difference being their skin texture. The
nectarine is smooth unlike the fuzzy peach.
The History of Peaches
The name peach derives from the Latin phrase 'Persicum malum'
which means Persian apple. Some of the great explorers were
involved in the discovery of peaches and introducing them to
other countries and continents.
It is thought that it
was Sir Alexander the Great who took the fruit from Persia and
introduced it to the Romans and the Greeks. The popularity of
the peach grew throughout Europe and later, it is believed that
Christopher Columbus introduced peaches to America.
very interesting peach fact is that the fruit became so popular
throughout the State of Georgia GA and so widely grown in this
county that it became known as the peach state! The Chinese have
favored the fruit and have grown peaches for centuries, to many
people in China, the peach holds great meaning and it has become
somewhat a traditional to leave a branch outside the front door,
or to grow a peach tree near to the entrance to their home to
protect them from evil.