What are their benefits? Peaches are good sources of potassium, vitamin C, carotenes, lycopene and lutein. Lycopene and lutein are especially beneficial in the prevention of heart disease, skin degeneration, and cancer. They also contain calcium, unlike most fruits and are low in carbs.
How should I pick my peaches? A red blush on the peach actually indicates variety, not ripeness. Ripeness can be qualified by some softness and the peaches should give slightly to palm pressure. Also, good peaches will have a nice “peachy aroma” to them.
How should I store them? Peaches are one of the fruits that are best held at room temperature until ripe. Then, it is okay to put them in the refrigerator if you need to hold them. That said, fruits and veggies tend to lose nutrients the longer they are stored so it’s best to eat them when they are still fresh!
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