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 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 an excellent first baby food choice. Your baby will think you are a peach for giving her/ his peaches.
When Can Peach Baby Food Be Introduced to Babies?
Peach baby food can be introduced to babies at 6 months and 4 months for the early starters. Most health organizations such as the World Health Organization recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of your baby’s life. After that, solids can be introduced. Remember to add 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.
The Nutritious Peach
Peaches are an excellent source of vitamin C. They also contain a good amount of dietary fiber, potassium and vitamin A.
Peach Baby Food Storage, Selection, And Preparation
Buy peaches that are ripe – a little bit soft but firm and without bruises. The flesh of a ripe peach is usually fragrant, sweet 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 chilled although you can undo this by removing the peaches from the fridge a few minutes before eating.
One of the best things about peaches is that they can be frozen raw or cooked for later use. To freeze raw peaches, cutter them with a peach pitter/slicer and freeze in ziplock bags. The color of the peach puree may change from yellow to brown when exposed to air – this is normal.
Tip! –For older babies, add a bit of orange juice to cut or pureed peaches to prevent the flesh from changing color.
Bring some water to the boil in a saucepan. Dunk the peaches in 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.
Basic Peach (from 6 months)
The peach puree is so rich in both vitamin A and C and tastes so good. You may use raw or uncooked peaches for this puree if you wish. The puree has a lovely color, and it’s so easy to make.
- 3 Peaches
Wash, stone and peel the peaches. Slice them and steam until tender. Puree to your desired consistency. Serve
Some Peach Baby Food Combination Ideas
- Peach and Banana Puree
- Peach Puree with Yoghurt
- Peach with Chicken
- Peach and Sweet potato puree
Peaches and Nectarines Are The Same Fruit
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.
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