We anticipate the arrival of Pennsylvania Red Haven Peaches by August 5th. The Ohio crop did not fare well with the extended sub-zero temperatures during the winter.
Peaches are good for you, providing a good source of the antioxidant vitamins A and C. They are high in fiber, especially pectin, a soluble fiber that helps to lower high blood cholesterol. Most of the vitamins found in peaches are close to and in the skin. Therefore, instead of peeling a fresh peach, simply rinse it with a little cold water and eat the skin for the most nutritional benefits.
The fuzzy fruit is also a source of flavonoids and beta carotene; these two compounds may help prevent the growth of certain cancers. New varieties of peaches are being developed that will yield even greater levels of cancer-fighting antioxidants and phytochemicals.