Peaches are native to China, mostly likely specific to the Pakistani border where they still grow wild.
The fruit was brought to the New World in the 1500s by Spanish colonists to Latin America. Due to its need for a temperate climate, Canada is very suited to growing peach trees.
The Vineland Growers Co-Operative provides Food Services with their fresh peaches from the Niagara Peninsula.
- Harrow Diamond
- Garnet Beauty
- Early Redhaven
Freestone peaches separate easily from the pit, making them good for both eating fresh and preserving or using in dishes. They are mid- to late-season produce.
- Harrow Beauty
1 medium-sized peach is only 37 calories.
Avoid greenish peaches, with wrinkles, bruises, or blemishes.
They can be refrigerated for up to 5 days when ripe. Overripe peaches should be used immediately.
Slice or chop to use in salads, pies, ice cream, or jams.
Toss peach slices in lemon juice to prevent browning.
Rub gently with a paper towel to remove fuzz, if desired.
To make peeling easier, immerse in boiling water for 30 to 60 seconds.
|July to September|
Nutrition per 1 peach (98 g):
|Total Sugar||8 g|
|Total Dietary Fibre||1.9 g|
|Vitamin C||6 mg|
Provided by Health Canada