It is now springtime, dear readers, and that means that many healthy and delicious fruits and vegetables are coming back in season! As we foray our way into the Summer season, I wanted to stop and look at some of the nutritional benefits that some of the in-season fruits have to offer. This week’s fruit is often associated with the state of Georgia, the Peach.
This fruit from the apricot, rose, and almond family was first mentioned and cultivated in Northwestern China at 1000 BC. It found its way through the Persian Empire (now Iran) to India and Rome from 500 to 100 BC, thanks to the Silk Road trade route, and since then it has been known and enjoyed throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, and eventually, North and South America. Culturally speaking, peaches and peach wood in China served as symbols of both vitality and protection against evil spirits.
· Peaches contain vitamin C, a source of strong antioxidants that can both help fight certain formations of cancer cells, (though this is by no means a cure), and help in the reduction of skin damage and wrinkles.
· Peaches also contain potassium, fiber and choline content that can help reduce the risk of heart disease when combined with a low sodium diet.
· They have a high alkaline content and enough fiber that helps with overall digestion.
· They also are a decent source of zinc which has both helps with anti-aging properties and helps with the immune system.
Tomato and Peach Salad with Almonds
The contributor of this recipe, Carolyn Malcoun offers a combination of the sour and savory tomato with the sweetness of peaches and honey with a fresh dash of mint. Click on the photo above for the complete recipe.
Grilled Chicken Thigh with Peach-Lime Salsa
Ruth Cousineau, the contributor of this recipe stated that she, “loved the combination of sweet peaches and fiery peppers.” If you wanted to add a little bit of sweetness to a typically spicy dish, check out the recipe by clicking the photo.
Copycat Olive Garden Peach Tea
If you enjoyed the peach tea at Olive Garden and want to try and make it for yourself, then I have some good news! Robin Gagnon of blommi.com created a copycat recipe that will keep you cool and refreshed during the summer season. If you want the recipe, click the photo of the iced tea above.
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