Wednesday, December 09, 2015

A recipe for Love- I really love your peaches. Let me shake your tree.

Of all the fruits I love to smell, fresh ripe peaches are the best. I love the sweet, but tart smell that can only be described when you taste  the succulent juicy flesh. When I was young peaches were a delicacy that only appeared for a short time in the summer. Today you can purchase peaches anytime and from most anywhere. However, there is a big difference between peaches that are in season and peaches that are imported from somewhere else, which are usually hard and mealy because they were picked before they had a chance to ripen. I like my fruit in season and local. It makes a big difference in the taste and the quality. Humans evolved eating local foods that were vine ripened. As a naturopath I would always advice eating as fresh and as local as possible.

Peaches are a great source of many vitamins and minerals including a great source of potassium. A shortage of potassium has been associated with fatigue, anxiety, hypertension, muscle soreness and poor memory, as well as heart issues.

Peaches are also a good source of fiber. They help to keep the intestinal system clean by providing a mild laxative effect. And because peaches are about 80 percent water and a good source of fiber they can be effective when it comes to losing weight. What’s not to love here?

Peaches originated in China. The Chinese place great nutritional and magical significance to peaches. They are an ancient symbol of fertility. The peach is a symbol of an omen, signifying good luck, abundance and protection. The fruit is believed to offer immortality, or at least a long life. Eating peaches is good for your health and good health insures a long life. I’m loving this fruit!

Peach blossoms mean generosity and bridal hope. She’s a real peach means she’s a very sweet girl and what a peach means what a good “looker”. It was by a peach tree that the protagonist of the Tale of Kieu fell in love. Ah, love…

The peach has become a word to signify someone we love, something sweet, something tender and something beautiful? With it’s beautiful pink blossoms turning into a succulent fruit that is not only good for your health, but also a symbol of love, is it any wonder that Steve Miller Band sang to my heart as they penned the lyrics,” I really love your peaches, let me shake your tree.”

Doctor Lynn

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