Peaches are delicious fruits that can be used to make various recipes from appetizers, main courses and desserts. These fruits are amongst one of the most versatile and nutritious ingredients that should be present in every kitchen.

In this blog post, we will be exploring their use in three homemade recipes with aromatic mint leaves. However, it is important to note that peaches are seasonal and so opting to use canned peaches, especially California cling peaches offers almost the same benefits as if used in their fresh form. This is because, these peaches although in cans, are packed in their own juices ensuring the retainment of appearance, texture, flavour and nutritional content. In addition, several findings have shown that the canning process of peaches increases key nutrients including Vitamins A & C, and Folic acid upon consumption.

So, the recipes mentioned below will be utilizing canned California cling peaches in order to make them applicable for every season.

The Infusion

california cling peaches

Ingredients:

1 Mason Jar (with lid)

Lukewarm water

1 can of California cling peaches

Mint leaves (quantity of choice)

Optional: Raspberries, kiwis, and strawberries

Directions:

  1. Fill up Mason jar with lukewarm water (quantity of water depends on the size of the Mason jar).
  2. Drain out the peaches from the can.
  3. Then combine peaches with fresh mint leaves in the Mason jar filled with water, and cover with lid. (You can add optional ingredients like sliced kiwis, whole raspberries and strawberries in this step).
  4. Leave combined ingredients in the Mason jar for up to 4 hours or overnight in the fridge.
  5. Serve as a simple, cool and refreshing peaches and mint infused water.

The Purée

peach lemonade

Ingredients:

1 can of California cling peaches

1 lemon (freshly squeezed)

½ – 1 whole small ginger root (peeled and smashed)

¼ cup of sugar (or sweetener of choice: honey, etc)

Sprigs of mint (quantity of choice)

4 – 5 cups of water

1 large pitcher

Directions:

  1. Transfer the peaches and its juice out from the can into a blender, and combine with ginger and a few mint leaves.
  2. Blend ingredients until well combined to form a purée. The thicker it forms the better but feel free to add a few tablespoons of water if the mixture is too thick.
  3. In a large pitcher, combine water and freshly squeezed lemon juice.
  4. Then combine peach and ginger purée into the pitcher, and add sugar or sweetener of choice.
  5. Add mint leaves into the combination as desired
  6. Optional: Add ice cubes or refrigerate to maintain coolness.

Note that this recipe can also be served hot by heating it up as tea.

The Tea Enthusiast

peach tea

Ingredients:

1 – 1½ cups of water

1 tea bag of choice

1 can of California cling peaches

Mint leaves (quantity of choice)

Sugar (or honey or other choice of sweeteners to taste)

Directions:

  1. Boil the water and place it in a teacup.
  2. Add the tea bag and let steep for 10 minutes or more.
  3. Remove tea bag and add honey or sugar for taste.
  4. Then add peaches and mint leaves, and serve.

To make it a cold drink, allow tea to first cool to room temperature and pour it over a glass filled with ice cubes.

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