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What are the characteristics and nutritional values of peaches?

Peaches are one of the most popular fruits. They have a characteristic flavour, are quite sweet and balanced, and rarely tend towards acid. They are also characterised by a significant nutritional contribution. The reference is to the presence of vitamin C and, to a lesser extent, vitamin A. There have been reports of high calcium, magnesium, and potassium concentrations. The intake of calories is minimal, with about 30 kcal per 100 grammes.

Their life cycle is limited to the summer. The harvest begins in June and ends in September. The tree is quite large, reaching up to eight metres in height. It produces beautiful, eye-catching flowers that have a significant decorative value and are loved for their small size and pinkish colour.

The many varieties of peaches

In fact, there are numerous varieties, many of which are different from each other. I list the most common ones below:

  • It is the most widespread variety, characterised by velvety skin and juicy yellow pulp.
  • With a white and stringy pulp, it is characterised by a very sweet flavour.
  • It is small in size and has smooth skin. It is characterised by a firm pulp and a moderately sweet taste.
  • It has a very firm and not very juicy pulp. It is used in the processing industry for the production of syrups, liqueurs, and other derivatives.
  • Tabacchiera. Snuffbox. With its characteristic flattened shape, it is very similar in taste and consistency to the yellow variety.
  • Merendella. This peach has a typical greenish skin, it has average consistency and sweetness.
  • Bivona peach. This variety is grown in Sicily and is characterised by its small size and uniquely coloured peel. The pulp is quite sweet.

How to use them in the kitchen

It is best eaten raw, as with practically all fruits. But there is more use for them in the kitchen. The most famous one involves the preparation of peach syrup. In fact, due to its consistency and flavour, this fruit lends itself very well to preservation in alcohol. However, peaches can enhance a

Peaches play a prominent role in a number of recipes, including peach Bavarois, chocolate and peach tiramisu (a really interesting variation), and madeleines with yoghurt and peach.Not to mention, obviously, their abundant use in juices, milkshakes, jams, granitas, and centrifuges.