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They grew to the size of softballs and we could hardly keep up with the picking before they dropped to the ground and squirrels beat us to them. Now living at high altitude we rely on the Farmer's market for our peaches, but their flavor during these peak summer months is never better.

Peaches are one of the most well loved fruits in America. Not only are they juicy and delicious, but their nutritional blueprint is rather impressive. Yellow peaches pack a healthy dose of beta-carotene - the darker the peach, the more it contains. Beta-carotene is an antioxidant that helps support the immune system. Consuming foods that contain beta-carotene may lower the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts. Peaches also contain vitamin C, another important antioxidant that supports the immune system and joints. An average peach contains approximately 2 ½ to 3 grams of heart-healthy fiber and they are naturally low in calories. They are the perfect snack for anyone looking to keep calorie count low and nutrition high.

The cool thing about peaches is that not only are they delicious freshly rinsed (and defuzzed) and sliced, they are awesome grilled, poached, baked. They are as good of a dessert as they are part of an entrée - as good for breakfast as for an accompaniment to dinner. Take advantage of the season today and splurge on a box of fresh peaches.

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