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One of the most popular summer fruits are peaches! Sweet and juicy, they belong to the stone fruit variety. Stone fruits includes apricots, plums, nectarines and cherries. Peaches originated in China and have been produced in Australia since 19th century.
Aside from being delicious to eat, they are also rich in natural sugar, vitamin C, potassium, dietary fibre and vitamin A.
Peaches are easily bruised so a good buying tip, is to look for firm, unblemished and smooth peaches. Peaches are grown in most places in Australia except for the hot north climates. They are at their best during the summer months.
Peaches can either be cooked or eaten fresh? It is a very versatile fruit and can be used for sweets and is wonderful made into jams.
Australia grows many varieties of peaches. Check with your local green grocer and they will advise you on which is the best peach available at the time.