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 and cholesterol.
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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.

This 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
Canned peaches in natural juice- 39 calories / 9.7 carbs
Canned peaches in syrup - 50 calories / 13.2 carbs
Peach Varieties
There are 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.

Yellow peaches varieties: Bellgarde peach, Royal George peach and Elegant Lady Peach.

Red peaches variety: PĂȘche de Vigne, which means peach of the grapevine, are grown in France. PĂȘche 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 alternative.

Dried 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.

 A 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.
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