It's National Peach Month! I am crazy for peaches and I hope I have time to can some organic ones this month before they disappear from the markets. In the meantime, I just made this delicious - and simple - peach granita from Martha Stewart.
4 ripe peaches (about 1 1/2 pounds), peeled, halved, pitted, and coarsely chopped
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup sugar, plus more if needed
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh basil (optional)
Puree peaches, water, sugar, lemon juice, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a blender; add more sugar to taste. Transfer to an 8-inch-square baking dish. Freeze for 2 1/2 hours, scraping with a fork every hour (mixture should be icy and fluffy). Stir in basil.
Photo and recipe found here.
Some fun peach facts:
- The peach originated in China, where they symbolize fertility and affection. They also are believed to bring luck, abundance and protection.
- Spaniards brought peaches to South America and the French introduced them to Louisiana. The English took them to their Jamestown and Massachusetts colonies. Columbus brought peach trees to America on his second and third voyages.
- China is the largest world producer of peaches, with Italy second.
- California produces more than 50% of the peaches in the United States (and grows 175 different varieties).
- The term, “you’re a real peach” originated from the tradition of giving a peach to the friend you liked.
- There are over 700 varieties of peaches.
- Peaches are the third most popular fruit grown in America.
- A peach has less than 70 calories, and 3 grams of fiber, and is also a good source of Vitamins A and C.