Foods We Love: Peaches
When the weather gets warm, I can't wait to get my hands on some fresh fruits. Peaches, those bright orange-red juicy bits of goodness, play a major part in my yearly ritual. I like mine just ripe so that the fruit is almost biting back, and the taste is a bit more tart than when the inside has grown soft. There's no peel to deal with, and just the little pit to throw away at the end. Perfection.
The average peach has about 68 calories and 19% of your Recommended Daily Allowance of Vitamin C. It also provides 11% of your RDA of Vitamin C, and 10% of your RDA of Potassium. Potassium is an essential nutrient for maintaining proper functioning of the digestive system, muscles, heart, kidneys, and nerves.
Although peaches are thought of as a Southern favorite often baked into pies, and the Southern states are currently a leader in peach production, the fruit actually originated in China. They are mentioned in writings as early as the 10th century BC and were a favorite food of the emperors. Their name derives from the Latin term persicum malum, which means Persian apple. The Persians brought the peach from China to the Romans, and it was brought to America in the 16th century by Spanish explorers.
Here, we have a recipe for a Summer Fresh Fruit Salad where you can enjoy peaches alongside pineapple, kiwi, and other refreshing flavors. And when you're all finished, you can clean up any spills with Seventh Generation Free and Clear Glass & Surface Cleaner, for a streak-free shine without any harsh fumes.
SUMMER FRESH FRUIT SALAD Courtesy of AllRecipes.com
2 cups watermelon, seeded and cut into bite-size pieces
2 cups cantaloupe, cut into bite-size pieces
2 cups fresh pineapple chunks
2 cups strawberries, hulled and halved if large
2 cups fresh peaches - peeled, pitted, and cut into bite-size pieces
1 cup seedless grapes
1 cup kiwi fruit, peeled and cut into bite-size pieces
1/4 cup cold water
1/4 cup frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
1/4 cup frozen limeade concentrate, thawed
1/4 cup frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
1 cup toasted pecans
12 lettuce leaves
1. In a large salad bowl, gently toss together the watermelon, cantaloupe, pineapple, strawberries, peaches, grapes, and kiwi until thoroughly combined.
2. Combine the water and orange juice, limeade, and lemonade concentrates in a small bowl. Pour the dressing over the fruit salad. Gently toss, and sprinkle the salad with toasted pecans. Serve salad scooped on lettuce leaves.