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By Melissa Bess
My name is Melissa Bess. I am a Nutrition and Health Education Specialist with University of Missouri Extension. This health and wellness blog started as a way to help improve MU Extension faculty and staff wellness but has grown to a much larger ...
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My name is Melissa Bess. I am a Nutrition and Health Education Specialist with University of Missouri Extension. This health and wellness blog started as a way to help improve MU Extension faculty and staff wellness but has grown to a much larger audience. Follow me, share with others, bookmark this page, leave comments, and enjoy.
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One of the fruits to celebrate in July is peaches. Peaches are a tasty summer treat and can be eaten in a variety of ways.

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Peaches are in season in June, July, and August, so now is the perfect time to eat more peaches because they are reasonably priced and good quality. They are a good source of vitamin A and beta carotene, which are antioxidants that help reduce risk for diseases and good for healthy vision. <>


Peaches also have potassium to help manage blood pressure levels, and magnesium for strong bones, nerves, and muscle contraction. Just like other fruits and vegetables, peaches also have fiber, which helps lower cholesterol and keep us regular. <>


When choosing peaches, choose firm peaches that give to gentle pressure and have a strong, sweet smell. Peaches should be stored in the refrigerator for three to five days. To ripen peaches, place them in a brown paper bag at room temperature. Peaches are a quick snack, because all they need is a quick rinse before eating.<>


If you have extra peaches this summer, University of Missouri Extension has information about canning or freezing peaches. Stop by the MU Extension office or look online at http://extension.missouri.edu. <>


Peaches can be served with breakfast, snacks, dessert, or anytime. They can be eaten whole or sliced and added to yogurt, oatmeal, ice cream, or many other dishes. <>


If you have questions or ideas for future articles, please contact Melissa Bess, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist with University of Missouri Extension. Call the Camden County Extension Center at 573-346-2644 or email Melissa at bessmm@missouri.edu.<>


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Grilled peaches (from MU Extension publication Seasonal and Simple)<>


6 ripe peaches<>
3 teaspoons sugar<>

1 teaspoon ground ginger<>

1 lime<>

½ cup honey<>



Cut peaches in half and remove the pits. Dust the cut side of each half with sugar and ginger. Grill under golden brown, about 6 to 7 minutes. Grate zest from lime, then squeeze the juice into the zest and add honey. Serve peaches with ice cream drizzled with lime and honey sauce. <>

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