Celebrate National Peach Month with Berry-Peach Cobbler recipe

Surprisingly low in calories, with approximately 30-50 calories each, a peach is packed with fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, selenium, magnesium, potassium, and calcium

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SAN DIEGO, Aug. 8, 2017 —  Back on June 15, 1982, President Ronald Reagan declared August National Peach Month.

The United States was the greatest producer of the world’s supply of peaches at the time of the proclamation, producing 250 million pounds each year–benefiting the economy by generating revenue of approximately $325 million annually, according to U.S. Presidential Proclamation 4947.

What is not commonly known is that the peach originated in China in approximately 1,000 B.C. The peach tree was considered by the Chinese to be the Tree of Life and a symbol of immortality.

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Peach trees were brought to the United States in a variety of ways: by Columbus during his voyage, by the French who brought them to Louisiana from South America and by the English settlers who came to America and brought them to Jamestown.



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California produces 50 percent of the total American supply of peaches.

Peaches are a popular summer fruit and become available in the markets from approximately June through the end of August.

As a versatile fruit, peaches are easy to prepare and are ideal for the summertime table–they can be baked, broiled, grilled, sauteed, sliced or chopped–adding tastefulness to many meals and snacks.

The following recipe from Cooking Light, berry-peach cobbler with sugared almonds, is a great way to include healthful peaches in a scrumptious summertime dessert.

Berry-Peach Cobbler with Sugared Almonds

Filling

3 (6-ounce) packages of fresh blueberries
3 (5.6-ounce) packages of fresh blackberries
3 medium-sized peaches, peeled and sliced
Cooking spray
2/3 cup granulated sugar (or a comparable amount of sugar substitute)
2 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon salt (or light salt)

Topping

5 ounces (1 cup) all-purpose flour (or gluten-free flour)
1/4 cup granulated sugar (or comparable amount of sugar substitute)
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt (or salt substitute)
6 tablespoons chilled butter (or butter substitute), cut into small pieces
1/2 cup half-and-half (or low-fat half-and-half)
1/3 cup sliced almonds
3 tablespoons turbinado sugar (or sugar substitute)
1 tablespoon egg white

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Prepare filling: Combine blueberries, blackberries, and peaches in a 13 X 9-inch baking dish lightly coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle 2/3 cup granulated sugar, 2 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch, fresh lemon juice and 1/8 teaspoon salt over fruit; toss gently to combine.

Prepare topping: Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 2 tablespoons cornstarch, baking powder, and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Stir well. Put butter into flour mixture with a pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add half-and-half; gently knead dough until moistened. Drop dough by spoonfuls evenly over top of filling. Combine almonds, turbinado sugar, and egg white; sprinkle over top.

Put butter into flour mixture with a pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add half-and-half; gently knead dough until moistened. Drop dough by spoonfuls evenly over top of filling. Combine almonds, turbinado sugar, and egg white; sprinkle over top.

Add half-and-half; gently knead dough until moistened. Drop dough by spoonfuls evenly over top of filling. Combine almonds, turbinado sugar, and egg white; sprinkle over top.

Bake cobbler at 350 degrees for 50 minutes or until topping is browned. Let stand 10 minutes. Serve warm and top with 1/3 cup vanilla fat-free ice cream; low-fat whipping cream or light whipped cream.

A single, one-cup serving of the berry-peach cobbler with sugared almonds, with 1/3 cup low-fat vanilla ice cream yields 321 calories and only 8.9 grams of fat.

Peaches are delightful to enjoy simply as a snack, and chopped or sliced as a garnish for yogurt, cereal, waffles, salads and more.

Surprisingly low in calories, with approximately 30-50 calories each, a peach is packed with fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, selenium, magnesium, potassium, and calcium — it is good for your overall health while helping to maintain strong bones.

Reach for a peach while the time is still ripe and before August comes to an end!

Fall season officially begins September 23 this year and with it the arrival of a new variety of seasonal fruits to anticipate and enjoy.

Until next time, enjoy the ride in good health!

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Laurie Edwards-Tate
Laurie Edwards-Tate, MS, President and Founder of At Your Home Familycare in San Diego, California, was among the first to recognize the growing need for services allowing individuals to remain independent created by the aging of America including the Baby Boomer generation, now being called the “Silver Tsunami.” It is the Baby Boomers who are rapidly redefining what aging and growing older means and looks like in America today. Now celebrating its 28th year in business, AYHF is among San Diego County’s Top Women-Owned Businesses and Fastest Growing Businesses, and enjoys a reputation for upholding the highest possible standards among its employees and its emphasis on customer service. Edwards-Tate is a valued contributor to the public dialogue on current issues and challenges in the home care industry, and serves in leadership roles on the Home Care Aide Association of America Advisory Board and Private Duty Home Care Association Advisory Board, as well as the Home Care Aide Steering Committee of the California Association for Health Services at Home. Edwards-Tate is frequently interviewed in the media on healthy aging, caregiving, and health care topics. Follow Laurie and AYHF at www.atyourhomefamilycare.com; on Facebook at www.facebook.com/atyourhomefamilycare, and Twitter at @AYHFamilycare