Easy, fresh and nutritious!
Want to incorporate some peach baby food into your baby's diet? Well, you have come to the right place. Peaches are one of the top 10 most popular fruits on earth. These sweet fragrant fruits are actually native to China and belong to the Rosaceae family. Ripe peaches usually have yellow or white flesh and like plums, they too have a large stone and are therefore called stone fruits or Drupes. Peaches are naturally sweet and most babies love sweet tasting food which is why they make a great first baby food choice. Your baby will think you are a peach for giving her/him peaches.
Peach baby food can be introduced to babies at 6 months and at 4 months for the early starters. Most health organizations such as the World Health Organization recommend exclusive breast feeding for the first 6 months of your baby's life. After that, solids can be introduced. Remember to introduce one food at a time and also, to consult your baby's pediatrician before introducing new foods to your baby especially if you or your partner have a family history of food allergies.
Though rare, peaches can cause allergic reactions in some babies. People with a birch pollen allergy may also react to peaches. If you or your partner have a family history of allergies to apples or nuts such pistachio nuts, then it best to discuss the introduction of peaches to your baby's diet with your pediatrician.
Peaches are a very good source of vitamin C. They also contain a good amount of dietary fiber, potassium and vitamin A.
Except - Nectarines contain more vitamin A and vitamin C. They are also smaller, tastier, have a darker red color compared to peaches and have a smooth skin with no fuzz. Nectarines, as you can see, make for a great peach substitute.
Buy peaches that are ripe - a little bit soft but firm and without bruises. The flesh of a ripe peach is usually fragrant, soft and juicy. For best tasting peaches, store them at room temperature for a couple of days instead of refrigerating. The tastiness of peaches tends to reduce when refrigerated although you can undo this buy removing the peaches from the fridge a few minutes before eating.
Freezing peaches: One of the best things about peaches is that they can be frozen raw or cooked for later use. To freeze peaches, cut them into two halves and remove the stone. Failure to remove the stone will result in bitter tasting peaches.
The color of the peach puree may change from yellow to brown when exposed to air - this is absolutely normal.
Tip! -For older babies only - add a bit of orange juice to cut or pureed peaches to prevent the flesh from changing color.
Peeling Peaches - Bring some water to the boil in a sauce pan. Dunk the peaches in the hot water for about 30 seconds to a minute. Immediately put the peaches in a bowl of cold water and before peeling off the skin.
Peach puree is so rich in both vitamin A and C and tastes so good. You may use raw/uncooked peaches for this puree if you wish. The puree has a lovely color and its so easy to make.Ingredients
Wash, stone and peel the peaches. Slice them and steam until tender. Puree to your desired consistency. Serve