Why peaches are good for kids:
Peaches are a good source of fiber, vitamins A, C and E and antioxidants. Like prunes, peaches can help with constipation. The beta-carotene contained in peaches is great for eye-sight, nourishing and protecting the retinas.
When and where to find peaches:
Peaches peak in July-August but are available from May to September. Peach trees like sunlight, which is why most peaches com from California, Georgia and South Carolina. In fact, Georgia is often called the Peach State and you can find many street named after the fruit in Atlanta.
How to choose the best peaches:
Look for peaches with deep yellow or creamy background. They should have a nice aroma when you smell them . Contrary to popular belief, red tones are not an indication of ripeness. The flesh should be slightly soft when pressed.
To peel a peach, place the peach in boiling water for 20 seconds. Take it out of the water using a slotted spoon and plunge it into cold water. The skin should come right off.
To pit the peach, slice around the peach and twist the two halves apart. Remove the pit.
More peach ideas:
Marshmallow Peaches: Cut peaches in half and replace the pit with a marshmallow in each half, sprinkle with a little sugar and grill until lightly browned.
Peach Melba: Serve your peaches with ice cream and a raspberry sauce.
Peach slasa: Mash pieces of peaches and add to a salsa to add a little sweetness and remove the tanginess.