It’s Peach Season

We have landed in our new “home” province of British Columbia, Canada on the very west coast of our beautiful country.  My honey and I are in the process of moving here.  I know….it’s a big move.  But…heh…why not.  Vancouver Island is going to be our new address for now.  I’m sure we will stay here for a long time.  It is a breathtakingly beautiful part of Canada.  But that’s not the topic of today’s post…..

PEACHES….that’s what I want to talk about today.  It is peach season.  Vancouver Island is abundant with farm stands and farmer’s markets selling the bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables grown locally.  It’s a real treat going to these farm stands to get our weekly produce needs met.  Yesterday I went to a farm stand and picked up some fresh local peaches.

Peaches and nectarines are basically the same fruit, the peach being fuzzy and the nectarine, not fuzzy.  But they are both of the same species.

Peaches provide us with a broad range of nutrients being high in Vitamin A, beta carotene, and Vitamin C.  They also contain good sources of Vitamin E, Vitamin K, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, folate and pantothenic acid.  Peaches are full of good minerals too such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, manganese, phosphorous, zinc and copper.  Low in calories and zero fat, they provide good dietary fiber as well.

Peaches are beneficial in helping to maintain healthy blood pressure and good heart health.  They contain high levels of antioxidants which also help to protect the body from harmful free radicals, boosting our disease fighting abilities.  These antioxidant values help our bodies fight off various kinds of cancer.  Not only do peaches help fight off cancer, the high amounts of vitamin C help to maintain healthy, glowing skin.   Peaches are used in the cosmetic industry in the manufacturing of skin creams.  The beta carotene in peaches helps with eye health too.  The fiber and alkalinity of peaches helps with digestion.  The magnesium and other minerals in peaches helps with the nervous system, strengthens our immune systems, helps with cholesterol, anti-aging, helps with strong bones and teeth and so much more.

Wow…so many benefits to enjoying the beautiful peach.  After researching for this article, I’m going to add more peaches to our diet.  There are many ways to do that.  The best way to get all of these benefits is to eat the peaches raw in their original form.  But….why not add them to salads, make desserts with them, throw them into smoothies etc.

How about this delicious CINNAMON-OAT PEACH CRISP recipe.  It’s easy to make and “oh so tasty”!!!

I choose to use coconut sugar over white and brown sugar.  I use gluten free flour and earth bound vegan butter.  But you can certainly make this dessert with other options to mine.

12 peeled peaches (1/2” thick)

1 1/2 cups of coconut sugar divided in 2/3 cup portions (or sugar of your choice)

2 tbsp. all-purpose gluten free flour, and 1 cup all-purpose gluten free flour

2 cups flaked oats

4 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 tsp. Himalayan salt

1 cup softened Earth Bound vegan butter, or real butter….your choice

Toss peaches with 2/3 cups of coconut sugar and 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour.  Set aside.  Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  In a bowl, mix oats, second 2/3 cups coconut sugar, cinnamon, salt and remaining cup of flour.    Gradually add butter until it is all mixed well.

Scrape the peaches into a 13 x 9” baking dish.  Spread oat topping evenly over the peaches and bake until peaches are soft and it is bubbling and the topping is a nice golden brown, approximately 60 minutes.  Let cool a bit and serve.

And of course, in my case, French vanilla ALMOND ice cream, or maybe in your case, your favorite regular kind of French vanilla ice cream to enjoy on the side of this delicious dessert.

You are feeding your body so many good nutrients by enjoying fresh lucious peaches.

As a footnote, frozen peaches or canned peaches, in the off season, deliver good nutrition too.

Get out to your local farm stand and buy some PEACHES!

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