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Written by Rachelle Fordyce on July 17, 2012 – -
by Guest Blogger
Here in the deep-south, Georgia, everyone is excited about peaches! Of course, it is the “Peach State”. Even Whole Foods is having the One-Day Sale on Peaches. So, if you missed the opportunity to pick our own at the local orchards, there is still a chance to stock up. If you are not living in the deep south, then hopefully your local natural foods market or farmer’s markets has a good crop of peaches to offer as well.
Peaches are high in a number of nutrients your body needs such as niacin, thiamine, potassium and calcium. They are also high in beta carotene, an antioxidant that converts to Vitamin A, which is essential for healthy hearts and eyes. The darker the peach’s color, the more Vitamin A it has in its pulp. The antioxidants may also help in maintaining healthy urinary and digestive functions.
Peach tea is known in Eastern cultures to be a kidney cleanser and used in detoxification. This isn’t peach flavored tea, but a brew made from the pits. Many people claim peaches are good for relief of stomach ulcers and other digestive issues like colitis and kidney disease. This may be due to their high fiber and potassium content.
Summertime peach recipes bring back tons of memories from my childhood. I can remember sitting under a big ‘ole tree in my grandmother’s back yard, listening to the hum of the ice cream maker, just waiting for that first bite of peach ice cream! Here is our favorite raw food version of peach ice cream:
(adapted from The Delicious Revolution site)
1 cup cashews, soaked
4 cups peaches
1/4 cup raw agave nectar, or honey, or maple syrup
(I like maple syrup in this particular recipe)
1/4-1/2 cup water
Put all ingredients in blender and blend until creamy.
Add just ¼ cup of the water to start.
To make ice cream, either pour into an ice cream maker, following maker directions or freeze in ice cube trays.
If frozen in ice cube trays, pop out frozen cubes into your blender and pulse quickly to make a creamy treat.
Our favorite summer salsa!
2 mangoes, peeled and chopped
2 fresh peaches,
peeled and chopped
1 sweet onion, diced
1 medium tomato, diced
2 cloves garlic
2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
juice of one lime
dash salt and pepper
Combine all ingredients and chill.
Also, yummy to serve alongside avocado slices.
Makes a beautiful summer presentation!
Dried peach pits
Remove any excess flesh from the pits. Boil them in water for a few minutes to remove any remaining flesh.
Dry the peach pits on a baking sheet in a 200 degree oven for an hour or so. Let cool, and store in an airtight container.
Combine 5 pits with 4 to 5 cups water. Bring to a boil, lower the heat and simmer, covered for 10 to 15 minutes.
Pits may be used for three or four batches of tea.
Sweeten with honey if you desire.
For variations, try boiling with grated ginger or cinnamon.
Hope you enjoy a slice of summer … the peach!!!What are some of your favorites ways to enjoy the fresh juicy goodness of peaches? Please share with us and eave a comment below!For loads of other raw food recipes and fresh ideas for healthy desserts the whole family will love, check out the book, Decadent Desserts by Angelina Elliott!
This master raw food wizard whips up some of her very best sweet treats in this hugely popular raw food dessert book. Grab your copy today as part of our Raw Food Starter Series of e-books and knock your friends’ and family’s socks off!