Sweet, juicy, chewy, with hints of grass and vanilla nestled in the delicious peachy flavor; peaches are a summer time treat. I have a love/hate relationship with peaches, I love their delicious flavor and texture but I’m not a fan of their fuzzy skin, which actually irritates.
The peach is a stone fruit which seems to have originated in Asia but has since been cultivated all over the world. While there are many varieties of the peach, there are two main ‘type’; the clingstone, which means the flesh clings to the seed and the freestone, which means the flesh is free of the seed. From a culinary perspective, peaches are a special treat to both savory and sweet dishes. In the kitchen, the freestone is the better peach to work with because of the obvious ease; peach pie, peach jam, peaches and goat cheese crostini, peach mole’...so many options.
From a health perspective, peaches provide many of the same nutrients that their drupe family counterparts provide. This means the phytonutrients in peaches contribute to a decrease in systemic inflammation and oxidative stress. They also have a group of beneficial flavonols that contribute to blood sugar regulation and insulin balance. Peaches are also a good source of quercetin which works with vitamin C to boost heart health, immune function and decrease the risk of various cancers.
Quick and Easy Raw Peach Cobbler:
- 1/4 c. walnuts
- 1/4 c. cashews
- 3 dates (soaked overnight)
- pinch of salt
- 2 sliced peaches
Blend the nuts, dates and spices to make a crumble and mix in with your sliced peaches. Enjoy.