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Peaches

Peaches
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Availability

New Zealand peaches are available from December to March.

 

Storage and Handling

Store at room temperature. Handle all fresh produce with care and wash before eating.

 

History

Peaches are native to China and were first cultivated there 2400 years ago.  They were carried along the old silk routes to Persia (Iran).  The Persians passed the peach to the Romans with cultivation eventually spreading to Europe and the American continent.

 

Facts

  • Peaches are stone fruit (drupes) like cherries and apricots and are related to almonds
  • Peach flesh can be white, yellow or almost red

 

Growing Facts

  • Peaches grow on deciduous trees 5-10m tall  
  • The fruit is picked by hand to avoid damaging the delicate flesh
  • Occasionally a nectarine can grow on a peach tree
  • Once planted a peach tree can take up to four years to produce fruit

Nutrition Information

Serving size: 1 peach - 138g

Avg Quantity per serving Avg Quantity per 100g
Energy (kJ/Cal) 244/58 177/42
Protein (g) 1.38 1.0
Fat, total (g) 0.75 0.54
- saturated (g) 0.068 0.049
Carbohydrate (g) 10.13 7.34
- sugars (g) 10.07 7.3
Dietary Fibre (g) 2.57 1.86
Sodium (mg) 5.69 4.12
Vitamin C (mg) 13.25 9.6
Vitamin E (mg) 1.77 1.28
Vitamin A Equiv. (µg) 109.93 79.66
Thiamin (mg) 0.14 0.0
Niacin (mg) 1.02 0.74
Potassium (mg) 309.12 224
Vitamin B6 (mg) 0.11 0.08
Iron (mg) 0.52 0.38
Folate (µg) 4.14 3.0
Zinc (mg) 0.21 0.15
Riboflavin (mg) 0.028 0.02
Calcium (mg) 9.03 6.54
Selenium (µg) 0.12 0.09

Source: The Concise New Zealand Food Composition Tables, 8th Edition, Plant & Food Research

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