Peaches are the third most popular fruit in the United States, just behind apples and oranges.
Widely planted across the eastern seaboard by the early settlers, there are dozens of varieies to choose from. The earliest cultivated varieties including Elberta, Hale, and Rio Oso Gem have the juiciest texture and can usually be found at organic farmers markets.
HEALING TIP: Because peaches are on the Environmental Working Group’s list of the most chemically contaminated foods – the Dirty Dozen – be sure to always pick organic.
Antioxidant Score (ORAC)=1,814
Selecting and Storing Peaches
Choose plump peaches with smooth skins and a pink or red "blush" on their cheeks. They should give slightly to gentle pressure and have a mild fragrance. Store ripe peaches in the refrigerator crisper where they will keep three to five days.