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Peaches: a complete guide

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These juicy, distinctively coloured orbs are a celebration of all things summer. Originally native to China, peaches are now a staple fruit around the world, and for good reason.

There are two varieties of peach: freestone and clingstone (referring to how easily the stone separates from the fruit), and they come with either yellow or white flesh.

A ripe peach will give gently to touch, is evenly coloured and aromatic.

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Health benefits
Good source of vitamin C, fighting cancer causing free radicals.
Good source of vitamin A, aiding healthy vision.
Good source of potassium, preventing bone loss, kidney stones and balancing blood pressure.
High in fibre, increasing feelings of satiety.
Contains no fat, and only 70 calories, making it a great guilt-free snack.

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How to enjoy
Chopped and mixed with other seasonal fruits in a fresh fruit salad.
Baked atop sweet pastries, pies and cakes.
Enjoy for breakfast over yoghurt, in a smoothie, or over homemade granola.
Skewered and barbecued in a sweet or savoury kebab.
Diced and tossed through a salsa or salad with lemon juice and extra-virgin olive oil.

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What are your favourite ways to enjoy peaches? Share your suggestions and tips in the comments section!

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