Calories in a peach
This fruit is basically low calorie with only 40 for a medium sized one weighing 98 grams (CDC).
It is a sweet fruit with all the 9 grams of carbohydrates in the form of sugars.
There are only 2 grams of fiber, 1 gram of protein, and there is only 10% of Vitamin C Daily Value for the medium one.
Fragrant ripe peaches
Since a peach skin has a velvet-like fuzz, it's difficult to judge ripeness only by the color which varies from creamy yellow to pinkish yellow.
But you know your peaches are ripe when they develop a heavenly fragrance and are slightly soft to the touch. They can be stored for up to three days at room temperature.
They may have white or yellow flesh and have a clinging pit or freestone.
Cooking with peaches
Most people will eat peaches raw after washing, skin and all, for the incredible flavor.
While raw, they are a fabulous addition as a topping for cereal, ice cream, yogurt, fruit salads, and fruit salsas as a side dish for rice or seafood entrees.
A perfect way to serve them is with fresh farm cream for "peaches and cream." A ripe one will only need a small drizzle of honey to sweeten the cream.
However if you must cook them, remember that much of that great flavor will be lost.
Despite that, they do make great jams and preserves, and can be dried or used in fruit leather.
This tree (Prunus persica) has offered beautiful spring peach blossoms and summer fruit throughout the world for thousands of years, from ancient China, through Asia, Persia, and India, to the Europe, the Americas, Australia, and Africa.
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