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Peaches – 20 interesting facts that you possibly did not know about the peach

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Lovely peaches

Peach is one of the most popular fruits in my birth country, Hungary. Maybe this is the reason I like it a lot too (and because it is a nice sign of summer), including the fact that my mom is able to cook hundreds of fantastic foods with this fruit. I hope I can be as good as her once - I hope I’m on the right track with my peach soup :).

Meanwhile writing the recipe yesterday to post it here I became even more interested in the fruit, so I decided to dig deeper in this topic, maybe I will find something interesting about peaches. That’s when I bumped into several interesting facts about peaches – which I would like to share with you now.

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20 interesting facts about peaches you might not know

  1. Peach is good for digestion and it has a diuretic effect - you can eat these fruits to cleanse your kidneys and bladder.
  2. It has a natural soothing effect: peach can even help to calm a sour stomach.
  3. It is an ideal snack between meals – eating a peach can give you the feeling of being full, so you will eat less; great for losing weight (one peach contains about 35-50 calories and not fat at all).
  4. Contains many vitamins (A/B/C), magnesium, phosphorus, calcium and potassium: so it is not only good for the digestive system, but for the well-being of muscles, the heart and bones, too.
  5. Because of the above mentioned A and C vitamins in this fruit, it is a great moisturizer and a natural cure for refreshing the skin; therefore it is often used in cosmetics.
  6. Peach can even have a positive effect on our scalp and it is able to reduce hair loss.
  7. It is a good stress-reliever, helps to reduce anxiety – it is often referred to as the ‘Fruit of Calmness’ in Hungary.
  8. Peach can be used as an aphrodisiac too.
  9. According to research peach has a positive effect in preventing cancer (as it contains selenium).
  10. In Roman times, people thought peach originated from Persia – its scientific latin name also reflects this: ‘Prunus persica ’. Peaches were often called as ‘Persian Apples ’.
  11. In fact this fruit originates from China and they were introduced to the West through Persia.
  12. In China this fruit is a symbol of good luck, protection and longevity.
  13. This fruit is a member of the Rosaceae family and is a close relative of almonds.
  14. August is the National Peach Month in the USA since 1982.
  15. The peach tree is often considered to be the tree of life.
  16. Colombus brought several peach trees to America on his second and third voyages.
  17. The first peach orchard in the USA was established in Florida in 1565.
  18. Georgia is also known as the Peach State, as there are many orchards, although California produces about 50% of all peaches in the USA.
  19. On the world, China is the biggest producer of peaches and Italy is the second.
  20. Although the peach pit contains hydrocyanic acid which is a poisonous substance in a bigger amount, an adult is safe to eat 1-2 seeds acquired from the pits of the peaches they ate before (100g a day is considered to be dangerous and one peach seed weights about 10g). But as it does not taste too good, barely any people eat these. More info here.
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Comments on the topic

dino dan on March 24, 2017:

cool

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on May 14, 2015:

Great peach facts. I love peaches! Voted up for useful!

Peachy 1 on January 31, 2014:

Peaches are my favorite fruit except I HATE the bitter taste.through, it doesn't taste too bitter all the time.

Great facts had a fun time reading them.

Sinserly, peachy 1

rose-the planner from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on May 09, 2013:

Very interesting facts about one of my favorite fruits. Thanks for sharing!

Sophie (author) from United Kingdom on September 07, 2012:

Glenn: Yes, you can eat the pit too, since I was a teenager I always ate some of them while eating the peach. My grandparents taught me that some of them is very delicious, although it really has a bitter taste as well.

I never had any problems after eating pits, so I am a sure sign that it won't hurt anyone to try it - in a reasonable amount, as I have mentioned.

Thank you for commenting, I am very thankful :)

Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on September 06, 2012:

What timing! I just went peach picking a couple of weeks ago with some friends. We visited a winery for a day of wine tasting and they had a peach orchard there as well. I took home enough to last all week. I have always loved eating peaches but I didn't know how beneficial they are until I read your hub.

I always throw the pit away. I never knew that some people actually eat it. I found that interesting when you mentioned that it's poisonous. But like you said, it doesn't matter if we don't eat it. And even if we do, one or two isn't going to hurt.

Thanks for the useful info, voted up.

cashmere from India on August 25, 2012:

I had no idea there were so many things I did not know about the humble peach. Thanks for being so informative.

Anil from Kerala on August 25, 2012:

This is now one to me, is this apple?. any way, this is a good Article

with love.

Sophie (author) from United Kingdom on August 25, 2012:

I agree, I am already celebrating it: I am trying to eat 1 peach each day when I have the opportunity :).

Kris Heeter from Indiana on August 25, 2012:

Who knew there were so many interesting facts on peaches!?! Thanks for sharing these, I definitely did not some of these! I guess we should be celebrating National Peach Month right now!

Movie Master from United Kingdom on August 25, 2012:

Peaches are one of my favourite fruits, I enjoyed reading your 20 interesting facts - I had no idea they were so good for me!

Fabulous hub thank you, voted up and shared!

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