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Do you often get overwhelmed by selecting peaches at the store and opt for the canned versions? Here are some facts about peaches to help you make informed decisions, as well as a couple delicious recipes that incorporate peaches.

Types of Peaches

Fresh peaches typically fall into one of two categories based on their pits:

CLING peaches contain pits that are not easily removed (the fruit “clings” to its pit). Cling peaches can be eaten as is but they may not be the best choice for canning or freezing as the preparation is more time consuming.

FREESTONE peaches easily release their pits, so they work for eating, freezing and canning. Freestone peaches make up the majority of peaches found in the grocery store today.

They also vary in color, which affects their flavor.

YELLOW peaches contain more acids, giving them a tangier flavor. However, some of the acid dissolves as they ripen, making them sweeter.

WHITE peaches are typically sweeter.


Health Benefits

Per 1 Medium Peach

60 Calories
2 Grams of fiber

16% Vitamin C

8% Potassium

9% Vitamin A


Cherry Peach Salad

Peach and Honey Toast

Whitney Hemmer RD, LD

Whitney Hemmer RD, LD

Registered Dietitian

Whitney graduated from Iowa State University with a BA in Dietetics & is a member of the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, as well as the Iowa Dietetic Association. With a focus on overall health, wellness and counseling, she is well equipped to help you with your individual nutritional needs.

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