August is National Peach Month!

August is National Peach Month! On June 16th, 1982 Ronald Reagan, when President of the United States of America, proclaimed August “Peach Month “and called upon the people of the United States to incorporate this nutritious fruit into their diets, and call upon interested groups to celebrate this month with appropriate programs and activities.

Peaches are one of summer’s most anticipated fruits. Picked at the peak of ripeness, Idaho peaches are large, sweet and drip-off-your-chin juicy. Unlike peaches grown elsewhere and shipped to Idaho, locally grown peaches are allowed to ripen on the tree leading to a juicer and more flavorful fruit.

When shopping for peaches you should look for ripe, yellow-fleshed peaches that have a golden hue behind their reddish blush. The blush is not a sign of ripeness, its just where the sun shone on the peach. Lighter yellow color means a less-ripe peach. Most peaches should smell the way they taste. No smell usually means no taste and is an indicator of an under-ripe peach.

You can find sweet juicy Idaho peaches at local retailers like Whole Foods, WinCo, Albertsons, or local farmers markets and road-side fruit stands. Here are a few Peach growers right here in our own backyard:

*Symms Fruit Ranch
*Williams Fruit Ranch
*Kelley’s Canyon Orchard
*Tyler’s Rocky Point Orchard

Here are some fun facts about peaches:

*Peaches are a good source of vitamins A, B and C. A medium peach contains only 37 calories.

*You can ripen peaches by placing them in a brown paper bag for two to three days. Sliced, fresh peaches

should be tossed in lemon or lime juice to prevent browning.

*The juice from peaches makes a wonderful moisturizer, and it can be found in many brands of cosmetics.

*A peach pit contains hydrocyanic acid, which is a poisonous substance.

*Peaches are the third most popular fruit grown in America.

*The United States provides about one-fourth (25%) of the world’s total supply of fresh peaches.

*Many stories have been written about Peaches including James and the Giant Peach, which was eventually made into a movie of the same name, and Momotaro, the Peach Boy; a Japanese Fairy Tale.

 

 

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