Peaches can be red, pink, yellow, white, or a combination of those colours. The side of the fruit has a distinctive vertical indentation. Peaches and nectarines look very similar, but they can be told apart by their skin texture: peaches are fuzzy and dull, while nectarines are smooth and shiny. Peach is a deciduous tree growing to 5-10 m tall, belonging to the subfamily Prunoideae. The fruit is a drupe, with a single large seed encased in hard wood (called the "stone" or "pit"), yellow or whitish flesh, a delicate aroma, and a skin that is either velvety (peaches) or smooth (nectarines) in different cultivars. The flesh is very delicate and easily bruised in some cultivars, but is fairly firm in some commercial cultivars, especially when green. The seed is red-brown, oval shaped and 1.5-2 cm long. Peaches are stone fruits (drupes).
Commonly used in:
salads, toppings, seasoning, jams, jellies etc.
Among other things, peaches contain a goodly amount of potassium and also contain vitamins C and A.They have diuretic and laxative properties, aid in the stimulation of digestive juices, and add color to the complexion. Fresh peaches are low in calories and can be eaten freely. The fruit has a gentle laxative effect. Peaches are also rich in Vitamin C, Iron and Potassium.