I invite you today dear friends to have a look with me at the “identity card” of the peach. Essentially, this fruit is distinguished by the following:
– Peach is a stone-fruit that is rich in water and low in calories. Indeed, this fruit contains 54 calories in 100 grams.
– Peach is also rich in polyphenols which are antioxidants whose primary role is to prevent the oxidation of cholesterol, and therefore the formation of atheroma plaques. Thus, these polyphenols are beneficial to our cardiovascular health.
– Moreover, peach is considered a good source of soluble dietary fibres (pectin, cellulose and hemicellulose) which are essentially found in the skin and in significant quantities.
– With regards to vitamins, peach is rich in provitamin A (or carotene) especially when the flesh is yellowish. It is also rich in vitamin C, vitamin B3 and vitamin E.
– In terms of minerals, potassium found in the peach comes first on the list. It is followed by phosphorus, magnesium and iron, in addition to the presence of manganese, copper, zinc, iodine and selenium.
On the other hand, and in order for us to pick the best pieces of this fruit at the time of purchase, we must first note that the color of a peach has nothing to do with its level of maturity. In fact, and to find out how mature a piece is, we have to touch it slightly and to feel its smell as well. If it is soft to the touch and smells good, and if the skin is thin and does not contain brown spots, this would mean that such a piece is good to buy. Thus, we must exclude non-scented peaches that are firm to the touch.
Finally, it is possible to find some people that are allergic to peaches. In this case, these people would feel some itching and burning sensations in the mouth, lips and throat after eating or touching peach pieces. In front of such a situation, it is of course advisable to consult an allergist.