Friday, 8 July 2011

Kitchen Miracles, The Peach

The other day when I took my daughter to the doctor she told me to feed her Peaches, Yogurt and Bananas.  I thought that the yogurt and banana was fairly self explanatory since she is taking antibiotics yogurt helps with the flora in the stomach and the banana since it is good for diaherra and a mood lifter.  The peach had me stumped, what are peaches good for except for being so delicous.  When I came home I googled it of course and was surprised that the peach is very good for respitory disorders including asthma as it has mild anti inflamatory properties. İt is also good for alot of other things.  I checked with my herbal guy here Dr Saraçoğlu and he said the main thing peaches are good for is to prevent constipation, good for the kidneys, cleans the blood and softens the skin when used as a mask.

Health Benefits of Peach :
  • Anemia
  • Constipation
  • High blood pressure
  • Gastritis (inflammation of the stomach)
  • Nephritis (inflammation of the kidneys)
  • Acidosis (deficiency of alkalinity in the body)
  • Bronchitis (inflammation of the bronchial tubes)
  • Asthma
  • Poor digestion
  • Bladder and kidney stones.
  • Helps improve the health of the skin and adds color to the complexion.
  • Helpful in the removal of worms from the intestinal tract.
  • May help prevent cancer in organs and glands with epithelial tissue due to its high Vitamin A content.
Peach Tea

fresh peach leaves

Boil the water, take off the heat and steep the leaves in the water for about 5 minutes.  This is good for kidney stones.

Peach Serbet

The Ottomans had a sweet tooth so they ate and drank many sweet things.  Of those Syrups were favorites.  Peach serbet was one of the many they drank to indulge in thier sugar cravings.

Different types of Serbet
1000 grams of soft peaches 
sugar - to taste
1tsp citric acid

What you do is cook the peaches with sugar and 2 cups of water.  Sugar is to taste because some of you out there like more whilst others prefer less, so I leave that up to you but take into account that it is a syrup and syrups are sweet.  When that is cooked down so that the peaches are soft take off the heat and cool.  Add in the citric acid.  Either using a cheese cloth or a fine mesh drainer process the peaches so that you get all the liquid out.  You should be left with the skins and a bit of pulp.  Taste the syrup at this stage. If it is too watery or you want more sugar or more liquid add it to the saucepan and put back on the heat until you get the desired consistency.  This should be a nice thick syrup that you can make a refreshing drink from either with cold water or tonic or even mineral water.


  1. Yum! Peach "nectar" is a very popular drink in Mexican/Hispanic communities over here. I like it mixed with a little soda water or 7-up. :)

  2. We buy a 'Peachee' here which is a bit like a non-alcoholic peach cider- and totally delicious too! Yumm...

  3. I started out making strawberry jam today but I ended up with strawberry syrup! I think I added a bit too much Cointreau! Delicious though.

  4. Strawberry syrup is good! sounds like a nice drink.