Peaches Are One of the Few Natural Sources of Calcium and Floride
In written history, peaches date back to China over 3000 years, but their role in Chinese culture predates this by millennia.
The fruit made its way along trade routes by the Persians, who carried the peach to ancient Rome. It’s believed peaches traveled to the New World in the 1500’s with Spanish explorers. Native Americans are thought to have spread the peach throughout North America.
In the East, peaches have a long mythological history. Chinese Taoists have long regarded peaches as the most revered among plants. The wood of the peach could ward off evil spirits, and to this day the Chinese believe the peach bestows upon its recipient longevity and happiness. Since ancient Chinese times, peaches have been a customary remedy for inflammation, poor digestion, to balance the blood and ease allergies.
The phrase, “You’re a real peach!” arrives from the age-old belief that we reward those deserving of our praise and respect with a peach!
Today in the US, peaches are second only to apples as a commercial fruit!
Rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber, peach juice helps prevent dental decay, relieve constipation and ease dry coughs. Low in natural sugars, and having no saturated fats, it’s packed with vitamin C and the antioxidants lutein, zeaxanthin and B-cryptoxanthin which protect against ‘free radicals’ helping to fight skin aging.
The phytonutrients lycopene and lutein assist in maintaining healthy lungs, and prevent heart disease, macular degeneration and cancer. Peaches are one of the few fruits containing calcium. They are also rich in potassium, iron and fluoride.
Delicious Peach Juice & Smoothie Recipes
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