Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth With Peaches

11 July, 2005 (13:14)

RECIPES: Mom’s Frozen Peaches, Peach Nectar, Peach Fruit Platter

By Rae Udy

Fresh peaches can satisfy your sweet tooth and provide a host of vital nutrients needed by the body.
As part of the yellow and orange group of fruits and vegetables, peaches are a rich source of potassium, niacin, iron and vitamins A, C and E. Containing only 43 calories, a medium peach is also a good source of calcium and fiber.
Peaches should always be picked ripe because they do not ripen well after picking. Look for fresh peaches with a creamy, golden color to indicate ripeness. The amount of red on a peach is a variety characteristic and not a sign of ripeness. Ripe peaches will have a well-defined crease and a nice fragrance.
Peaches taste best picked fresh from the tree, washed carefully and eaten at room temperature. Peaches will keep about three days after picking. They also bruise easily and need careful handling.
Mom’s Frozen Peaches is an easy and quick way to preserve an abundant summer peach crop. Peach Nectar is the centerpiece dip for delicious Peach Fruit Platter. Serve as an elegant hors d’ oeuvre, crisp salad or juicy low-fat dessert.

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1 dozen peaches
Juice from one lemon
¼ (one-quarter) cup honey
Wash peaches. To peel peaches, fill a large saucepan half full with water and bring to boil. With a slotted spoon, add peaches to boiling water a few at a time. When the skins begin to split and peel, take peaches out one at a time with the slotted spoon and place in a bowl of cold water. The peel will easily fall off in a few minutes. Slice peaches in half and remove pits. Cut peaches into bite-size slices and place in serving bowl. Sprinkle with lemon juice and honey. Mix gently until a thin syrup is formed. Spoon into small zip freezer bags or freezer containers. Label each and place into freezer. Will keep for one year. Yields eight servings.

My Mom, Beth


2 cups sliced fresh peaches
1 cup low-fat yogurt or soy yogurt
2 Tablespoons honey or maple syrup
½ (one-half) teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ (one-quarter) teaspoon ground allspice
In a blender container, process peaches on low speed until smooth. Add yogurt, sweetener, spices and blend. Pour into a small serving bowl to place in the center of Fruit Platter. Use as a dip or as a dressing for chilled fruit. Yields two cups.


4 peaches
2 apples
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
1 pint strawberries
2 cups seedless grapes
Lettuce leaves
Wash fruit. Cut peaches and apples into bite-size slices. Place in a mixing bowl and sprinkle with lemon juice to prevent darkening. Line a large platter with dark green lettuce leaves. Arrange fruit around edges of platter. Place small bowl of Peach Nectar in center for dipping. Serves eight.

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