August is National Peach Month and learning how to poach peaches is a fantastic way to celebrate.  Here are some facts about peaches that you may not know. The peach originated in China and has been cultivated as far back as 1000 BC. China is the world’s largest producer of peaches with Italy coming in as number two. California produces more than 50% of the peaches grown in the United States and grows 175 different varieties.

How to Poach Peaches for a Light Dessert

Learning how to poach peaches for a light dessert will allow you to enjoy peaches and still follow a healthy eating plan.  There are no added grains or fats to this healthy dessert unlike fruit desserts like crisps, crumbles and cobblers. When you poach fruit, you simmer it gently in liquid, generally a simple sugar syrup.

Ingredients:

  • 3 firm, ripe peaches
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean or 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon or lime zest
  • 2 cups of water

Directions:

  1. Using a sharp knife, cut an X into the bottom of each peach.
  2. In a large pot, add the sugar, vanilla bean, lemon zest and water.
  3. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves.
  4. Add the peaches to the pot and then cover the peaches with water.
  5. Bring to a very light boil. Turn the heat down until the water is simmering and simmer the peaches for about 8 minutes. A fork should easily prick the peaches.
  6. Remove the peaches from the water with a spoon and allow them to cool until you can touch them.
  7. Starting at the X mark on the bottom of the peaches, peel back the skin carefully until it is all removed.
  8. Return the peaches to the syrup and heat again if they are too cool. You can add soft berries like blueberries or raspberries at this time. Enjoy!

Many different fruits can be poached however it is most commonly used for stone fruits like peaches, nectarines and plums. Fruits without stones (or pits) are poached in a slightly different manner. Fore more healthy dessert recipes, try this healthy popsicle recipe.

Have you ever poached fruits before? What is your favorite fruit to poach?

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