Both the peach and its hairless relative, the nectarine, are rich in carotenes and flavonoids, which include lutein and lycopene.
If you find a perfectly ripe peach irresistible to pass up, you’re not alone; according the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Americans eat an average of ten pounds of peaches per person a year, and half of that is fresh fruit. That’s good news, considering we’re now discovering that below that soft skin there’s some tough cancer-fighting properties.
Native to China, the peach was introduced to the Middle East around 200 B.C., then was spread by the Romans across Europe, and finally brought to the North American shores by the Spanish.
The Healing Powers and Health Benefits of Peach Juice
Protects From Heart Disease
Protects From Macular Degeneration
Peach Juice Nutrition
Peaches are an excellent source of vitamin C, and also a good source of potassium, niacin, vitamin A, and fiber when eaten.
Peach Juice is an excellent source of:
- Vitamin C
Peach Juice is a good source of:
- Vitamin A (beta-carotene)
- Fibre (when eaten)
Phytochemicals & Antioxidants in Peach Juice
Both the peach and its hairless relative, the nectarine, have almost the same nutritional content. Both are rich in carotenes and flavonoids, which include lutein and lycopene. Both of these powerful phytochemicals are effective in helping to prevent cancer, heart disease and macular degeneration. Tests done by Byrne and Luis Cisneros-Zevallos are showing promise that peaches have some antimicrobial activity, excellent antioxidant activity, and the ability to inhibit tumor growth.
Preparing for Juicing
If freestone, cut in half and twist away flesh. If clingstone, you will have to cut flesh away from the stone. Juice skin and all, minus the pit.
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Peach Juice Tips
Freestone peaches are the fastest and easiest to juice. Like the name suggests, the flesh of the peach comes away easily from the pit. Simply cut a circle around the peach down to the pit, then you can twist off one side cleanly. The pit can then be pulled away from the other side. The result is two perfect peach halves minus the pit, and into the juicer it goes.
Picking Perfect Produce
Pick hard peaches free of bruising and mold. What may be too hard for eating will be perfect for juicing. Peaches and nectarines that are over-ripe will produce more of a puree then juice.
Storing Your Produce
After ripening, peaches and nectarines can be stored in the fridge for three to four days.
Like plums, peach and nectarine juice can be a little thick for some people’s liking. This can be remedied by mixing with water or even better, apple juice.