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Precious Peaches
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There is nothing more delicious to me than eating fresh peaches picked right off of the tree. When my oldest son was three years old we went picking peaches. After filling a box I looked around for him and finally discovered him standing behind a peach tree with juicy peach juice dripping down his chin, a big peach in his hand and a guilty look on his face. I didn’t feel it necessary to pay for this peach since he picked it up off the ground and it was half-rotten!

Peaches are native to China, which is the largest producer of peaches. They grow on trees that range in height from 13-33 feet tall. There are a variety of orange shades to peaches and the flesh of the fruit ranges from red, orange, yellow, and white. Because the pit is surrounded by a husk and contains a seed that resembles an almond, it is called a stone fruit. You can get clingstones or freestone peaches depending on how the fruit clings to the stone.

Good for Your Health

Did you know peaches are good for your health? A large peach has fewer than 70 calories and contains three grams of fiber. It is also a good source of Vitamin A and C. Peaches are good sources of carotenes, potassium, and flavonoids. They also provide lycopene and lutein (which is found in the red, orange, and yellow color of the fruit). These phytochemicals help prevent heart disease, macular degeneration and cancer. Also, peaches have 0 fat, 0 cholesterol, and 0 sodium.

Peaches (in fact most all fruits) are cleansing to the system. Because of its laxative properties, it helps in constipation and can assist in cleaning your kidneys and bladder. Some people find eating a peach in the evening helps bowel problems. Dried peaches are rich in iron and can assist with anemia. If you are cooking or baking with peaches, leave the skin on since it provides good nutrients for you.

While the Bible does not directly speak about peaches, it does speak of the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). Christ is referred to in Scripture as the “firstfruit” when raised from the dead. Whether you can, dry, cook, bake, or eat peaches, take a moment to thank God for this precious fruit that is so good for you. Let it remind you of Christ, the firstfruit of the resurrection!

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