Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Take a Break: Enjoy Peaches/Edible Sand

Today is National Peach Ice Cream Day. Can’t say that this is my favorite flavor, but I do enjoy peaches. Just as we celebrated blueberries last week, this week "take a break" with peaches.

Eat a peach: While nothing beats a fresh fully ripen peach, frozen and even canned can be nutritious. Surprise, canned peaches, in a recent study,  were found to be just as nutritious as fresh ones, and the biggest surprise of all-researchers found almost four times more vitamin C  in canned than fresh. Plus, canned had similar levels of vitamin E and a lot more folate than fresh. Be sure to buy peaches packed in their own juice and not in syrup.

Learn fun and interesting facts about peaches: The Romans called the peaches “Persian Apples” naming them after the country that introduced peaches to the West. Spaniards brought peaches to South America and the French introduced them to Louisiana. The English took them to their Jamestown and Massachusetts colonies. Columbus brought peach trees to America on his second and third voyages. China is the largest world producer of peaches, with Italy second. FillYour Plate 

Make something with peaches: There are lots of yummy dishes with peaches. They can be used in savory dishes as well as desserts. Some recipes to try:
• Peach Salad 

Make a Peach Pit Ring: As a kid we’d sand peach pitches by rubbing them against the sidewalk. Today, thanks to Drimmel tools, sandpaper and files it’s a lot easier. Check out the video on making peach pit jewelry. 

Read James and the Giant Peach or watch the movie of the same name.  The movie is available for free on-line.

Not a peach fan, what about making a Beach Bucket Cake with Edible “Sand?”  I haven’t tried this recipe, but I thought it looked like fun. Tiny pails would be perfect for a cupcake 

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