Did you know that July and August are both considered National Peach Month?
It’s true! So don’t stop celebrating! Instead, share this fantastic peach quiz with your clients. If you scroll to the bottom of the post, you'll even find a free handout that you can get today!
a) Vitamin A
c) Vitamin C
d) All of the above
2. True or false? When selecting peaches, choose ones that lack blemishes and are instead firm and heavy, with fuzzy skins.
3. What is the best way to store ripe peaches to help them last?
a) On the counter
b) In the refrigerator
c) In a warm, moist environment
d) In the bathroom
4. Which of the following is not a health benefit associated with eating peaches?
a) Healthy teeth and gums
b) Effective wound healing and immune support
c) Strong bones
d) Easier iron absorption
5. Where did peaches first grow?
a) The USA
Peach Quiz Answers:
1. d) All of the above. A single large peach is loaded with nutrients, including 11% of your daily value for vitamin A, 10% of your daily value for potassium, and a whopping 19% of your daily value for vitamin C. Peaches are also great sources of fiber and niacin, while offering little to no saturated fat, cholesterol, or sodium. (Source for nutrition data).
2. True. When you choose peaches, make sure that they don't have bruises, blemishes, or scrapes. Instead, pick peaches that are firm and heavy, with fuzzy skins. Peaches should yield to gentle pressure when ripe, but, since they bruise easily, it's vital to be very careful with them. Handle them gently, from selection to preparation.
3. b) In the refrigerator. Although most ripe peaches will last for a day or two on the counter, storing them in a plastic bag in the refrigerator extends their shelf life to a week or so (source). Once a mature peach starts to ripen, it doesn't stop -- it can only be slowed. The fridge is the best way to do that. To speed up the ripening process, on the other hand, it's best to store peaches in a paper bag on the counter.
4. c) Strong bones. Vitamin C is a serious health booster, and peaches are loaded with it. Vitamin C promotes healthy teeth and gums, helps the body absorb iron, strengthens the immune system, and promotes wound healing. It does not, however, strengthen bones and teeth. For that particular health benefit, look for calcium-rich foods like skim milk or nonfat yogurt.
5. b) China. This was a bit of a tricky one. According to the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, "Cultivation of peaches began in China as early as 200 B.C [, though] By the mid-1700s, peaches were so plentiful in the United States that botanists thought of them as native fruits." California is the largest producer of American-grown peaches, followed by South Carolina and Georgia (source).
Did you like this quiz? Then you'll love the handout that goes with it! Now it's even easier to share this quiz with your clients...
Oh, and if this post has inspired you to pick up some peaches on your next grocery run, here are some fun recipes for your summer bounty...
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Stephanie Ronco has been editing for Food and Health Communications since 2011. She graduated from Colorado College magna cum laude with distinction in Comparative Literature. She was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa in 2008.