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Myths about Canned Fruits and Vegetables

Sometimes canned fruits and vegetables get a bad rap! Here are 6 common misconceptions about canned fruits and vegetables. Have any questions you don’t see answered here? Leave a comment below and we’ll be happy to answer your question!

MYTH: Canned fruit and vegetables are not fresh.

Fruits and vegetables are picked at the peak of ripeness and are typically canned within 24 hours of harvest.

MYTH: Canned fruits and vegetables are not natural and are filled with chemicals and preservatives.

Canned fruits and vegetables are preserved by sealing and cooking the cans to create an airtight seal, and doesn’t require any preservatives to keep the food safe and fresh. To learn more about the canning process, visit our Life of a CA Peach section.

MYTH: Canned fruits and vegetables are not as nutritious as fresh counterparts.

Studies have shown that most nutrients hold up through the canning process, and in some cases actually increase. Canned fruits and vegetables are just as nutritious as fresh and frozen and offers a convenient and affordable choice. In fact, compared to its fresh counterpart, canned peaches are higher in antioxidants, vitamin A and C and 10’s higher in folate. Check out our Nutrition Center for more information.

MYTH: Health Professionals Do Not Recommend Eating Canned Fruits and Vegetables.

A wide-range of health professionals encourage eating a variety of fruits and vegetables in any form – fresh, frozen, canned and 100% juice. Health professional groups such as the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Produce for Better Health Foundation have a variety of resources available touting the health benefits of canned fruits and vegetables. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 33% of adults are consuming daily recommended amounts of fruits, and only 27% of vegetables. Increasing produce consumption in any form is encouraged.

MYTH: Canned fruit is high in sugar.

While canned fruit is still available in heavy syrup, most canned peaches are now packed in extra light syrup or 100% juice. Some people may have a taste preference, but both extra light syrup and 100% juice have the same amount of sugar per serving – between 13 and14 grams. The sugar in the 100% juice pack is what is naturally occurring in the fruit. Peaches packed in extra light syrup have only water and a small amount of natural cane sugar. That’s it!

MYTH: Canned fruit doesn’t taste as good as fresh.

Whether you are grabbing canned peaches as a quick stand-alone snack or using them in a recipe, California canned peaches are sure to give you the same consistent, delicious taste every time! You never have to worry about fruit going bad on your counter before you are ready to eat it, since canned fruit is packed and packed fresh, you can enjoy it anytime! Visit our Recipe Section for more delicious ways to use canned peaches.

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March is National Nutrition Month

March marks the beginning of National Nutrition Month, an education and nutrition campaign sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. As we continue on through the month, we want to make sure we maintain a strong emphasis on the importance of nutrition! This is the a wonderful reminder to rethink what we’re putting on our plates and to try new ways to incorporate fruits and vegetables into our daily diets. Here are 5 ways to eat more fruits and veggies with some of our favorite peach recipes!

  1. Include fruits AND veggies with breakfast! Boost your morning routine by adding a handful of spinach to your morning Peach Wellness Smoothie!
  2. Pick a new recipe you’ve never tried before. Check out our FREE online e-cookbook – “Nutrition Starts with a Well-Stocked Pantry” for a variety of new recipes to try. This cookbook was designed to utilize pantry-staple items in healthy and delicious recipes! Download it for free today.
  3. Swap it out! Peach puree is the perfect substitute for oil, butter, eggs and much more. View our “Peach Puree Swap” to learn how to switch out items in your baked goods for nutritious peach puree!
  4. Add zip to store-bought salsa. Adding diced canned peaches to store-bought salsa is a great way to sneak in an added serving of fruit! Serve salsa on top of chicken, fish or a leafy greens for a bright and well-ballanced meal.
  5. Dessert time! Adding fruit to your dessert allows you to still enjoy a sweet treat, but not go overboard! Check out our dessert section for a handful of ideas. Our favorites are Peachsicles, Simple Peach Sorbet and Peach and Dried Cherry Bread Pudding.

For more information, or two view the National Nutrition Month health tool kit, please visit EatRight.org.


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Quick & Delicious Peach Bites: 5 Ingredients or Fewer
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February is National Canned Food Month!

February is National Canned Food Month! It’s time to revamp your pantry and stock up on essentials. Having a well-stocked pantry will allow you to whip up delicious and healthy meals any night of the week!

So what’s so great about canned fruits and veggies? We’ll tell you! Here are the top 10 benefits of adding canned fruit and veggies to your diet:

1. Nutrition
Peaches are picked and packed at the peak of freshness which means nutrients are locked in when the fruit is at its best! Think fresh is always best? Not so! Canned peaches are loaded with nutrition. Compared to fresh, canned peaches are 4x’s higher in Vitamin C, 10x’s higher in Folate, 1.5x’s higher in Antioxidants and comparable in Vitamin E.

2. Long Shelf Life
Canned fruits and veggies are ready when you are. Keep your pantry stocked and use them when you need them. Always keep a can of fruit chilling in your fridge for a handy, yummy snack.

3. No Preservatives
Similar to home canning, canned peaches are packed simply with farm-fresh peaches and a touch of sugar or fruit juice. That’s it! No chemicals or preservatives are added.

4. Safety
Canned foods remain safe as long as the container remains intact. The can is tamper proof and seals in a safe and delicious product.

5. Convenience
Canned peaches and peach cups are a portable and quick snack! Take fruit with you on the go. Just pop open a can or cup!

6. Less Work for You
All of the work has been done for you! Local canneries have already cleaned, peeled, de-pitted and chopped the fruit — no need to worry about messy or time-consuming food prep.

7. More Fruit and Veggie Servings
A recent study found that kids who eat canned fruits and veggies eat more servings of fruits and veggies as a whole! Learn more about the study HERE.

8. Available Year-Round
Many fruits and veggies are only available for a short time during the fresh season. Make a peach pie in the dead of winter with delicious canned peaches!

9. Locally Grown
California Canned Peaches are grown by family-owned farms, up and down California. Most peaches are picked within 100 miles of the field they were grown in! Be sure to look for the “Product of USA” to make sure you’re supporting your local farmers.

10. Less Food Spoilage and Waste
Do you hate throwing out fruits and veggies that have spoiled before you’ve had a chance to enjoy them? Canned options cut back on food spoilage and waste, while saving you money!

National Canned Food Month is the perfect time to stock your pantry with healthy and delicious canned fruits and veggies! Be sure to check out our recipe section for our favorite canned peach recipes.

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Super Bowl Recipe Roundup

Whether you are rooting for the New England Patriots or the Atlanta Falcons, we can all agree that Super Bowl food is a BIG part of the day! We’ve gathered a handful of our favorite recipes that are sure to be a “win” this Sunday!

Munchable Mini-Burgers with Flavorful Fruit Dips

from the Canned Food Alliance

These adorable mini-burgers are infused with all the nutrition of puréed sweet potatoes – a rich source of vitamin A. Serve them on fresh-baked biscuits (or by their lonesome) with one or more of the delicious fruit dips that follow. Each dip recipe makes enough for a whole batch of burgers.

Munchable Mini-Burgers With Flavorful Fruit Dips


Peach Salsa

Add diced canned peaches to store-bought salsa or make your own with this Sunset Peach Salsa recipe.

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Grilled Chicken Kebobs

from Del Monte

Pan-grilled peaches create an addictively sweet and savory dinner to enjoy any time of year.



Peach BBQ Glazed Chicken

from Del Monte

Create this easy 30-minute kid-pleasing skillet BBQ chicken recipe with a sweet peach twist – made with three pantry ingredients and boneless chicken breasts.


Tex Mex, Sweet Peppers and Peach Salad

This sweet and tangy salad is the perfect side for any meal.


Tennessee Peach

from the Canned Food Alliance

Smooth peaches blended with Tennessee whiskey for a cool, Southern cocktail

Tennessee Peach

Peach Pie Bars

from Food Blogger, Eva Bakes

These bars were super thick, and the flavor was indeed reminiscent of a peach pie. The crust was nice and crunchy, and the peach pie filling was slightly sweet and full of peaches.

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Peachy Pops 

from Seneca Foods

Perfect for kids and adults! These cool and creamy pops bring peachy-keen refreshment with the wholesome goodness of yogurt and peaches. With only two ingredients, the pretty three layers are simple to make – just make sure you allow enough freezer time!

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Top 10 Reasons To Buy American Peaches!

Please join us in supporting local and domestic agriculture. Imported products are threatening our great nation’s agricultural heritage and impacting local economics. Here are the Top 10 reasons to “Buy American” – it’s good for our families, our growers and all of our economics.

  1. It Makes Great “Cents!” When you purchase peaches from US growers, you are then supporting the US economy, community and family growers.
  2. Buy Local. Nearly 100% of all domestically grown peaches are grown in California and packed within a few miles of their orchards.
  3. Our Food Safety is #1. Unlike products imported from China, US processors have the world’s finest food safety track record.
  4. Keep US Agriculture Strong. If imports continue to grow, we will soon be outsourcing California agriculture, which is the backbone of this state’s economy. There’s a lot at stake here.
  5. Be Green. If you’re buying canned, cupped or jarred peaches that have been shipped over from Greece, China or Thailand, the carbon footprint for that single peach is enormous.
  6. Support Family Farmers. California Cling Peaches are grown on small family farms by third- and fourth-generation growers.
  7. Safeguard our Stewards of the Land. Looking to preserve our wide-open spaces? Then please buy US-grown peaches, US-grown avocadoes, US-grown grapes, US-grown apricots…you get the picture, right? American agriculture is essential to keeping our open spaces open.
  8. It’s Easy to Do. Simply read the label. Check the small print on the back of the can. Just because it’s a brand you recognize, doesn’t mean it’s product of the USA. If the product is imported, it will say, “Product of China” or “Product of Greece.” If it doesn’t specify, then you can rest assured that they ARE American peaches!
  9. Our Orchards are Bountiful. There are more than enough California Cling Peaches to go around. There’s absolutely NO NEED to import a single peach.
  10. The Future of Agriculture Depends on You! As Americans, we need to support US agriculture if we want US agriculture to be around for decades to come. As a country, we certainly do not want to be in the position one day of importing our entire food supply!

On behalf of our hundreds of family growers, thank you today and tomorrow for your support!

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Giving Back

‘Tis the season to think about those who are less fortunate than us and there’s no better way to do that then to get involved with your local food bank. Feeding America is the nation’s largest network dedicated to hunger-relief. If you aren’t sure where to donate food in your area, feedingamerica.org can help you find a food bank in your area.

Wondering what you should donate, here are some tips, courtesy of Feeding America:

  • Collect only non-perishable food items.
  • Do not collect any homemade items.
  • Please keep personal care items separate from food items (i.e. mouthwash).
  • No glass, please!  Glass items can chip and break easily in the barrels.
  • Canned foods like soup, fruit or vegetables
  • Fresh produce & frozen foods
  • Dairy & juice within the expiration date
  • Excess food from promotions & seasonal products
  • Excess food from trade shows

A New Twist on “Auld Lang Syne”

What about kicking off the New Year while helping others? Instead of having your friends bring appetizers or wine to your next party, what about if you asked them to bring a donation for your local food bank instead?

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Every dollar counts!

Feeding America is a nationwide network of food banks and the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. With support from donors like you, together we:

  • Serve 46 million People
  • Secure 4 billion Meals
  • Deliver 800 Million Pounds of Produce

For every dollar you give, the Feeding America network of food banks helps provide 11 meals to people in need.

It’s not too late to help a family this holiday season.

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DIY Holiday Decor and Gifts

The holidays are here! With the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping, parties, decorating and more, we wanted to share some fun DIY holiday decorations and gift ideas to simplify this busy time. These DIY ideas are fun, budget-friendly, and a great way to get the whole family involved in a holiday project! Happy Holidays!

Tin Can Votives

You can make a variety of festive votives for your holiday table or mantle. Full tutorial and source: Rachel Ray Everyday


Tree in a Tin

Decorate the outside of a can with holiday ribbon and twine and plant a tree sapling inside. This makes for the perfect decoration or gift! Full tutorial and source: Wedding Chicks



Tin Can Snowman

A fun project for both kids and adults, this Tin Can Snowman is such a cute project! Full tutorial and source: Practically Functional


Tin Can Christmas Tree

Another fun DIY craft project for kids. Help kids assemble the tree and let them decorate away! Full tutorial and source: Babble Dabble Do


Succulent Tin Can

This project makes for the perfect gift for anyone on your list. Be sure to make a few extra for yourself too! Full tutorial and source: Hoosier Homemade


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Peach Bites Blog: Holiday Party Menu!

The holidays are officially here! Now that all of the Thanksgiving leftovers are gone, it’s time we turn our attention to holiday party planning. While formal sit-down dinner parties are fun, we find that the best holiday parties include a handful of delicious dishes that are easy to eat while mingling around. A more casual and relaxed atmosphere seems to put not only the hostess at ease, but also the guests.

Here are some of our favorite peachy recipes that would be perfect for your next party. Just click on the title of each recipe below to view the full recipe. Visit our Recipe Section for even more delicious ideas. Enjoy!

Almond-Coated Peach and Goat Cheese Balls


Peach-Ginger Hummus


Photo Courtesy of Del Monte

Peach, Goat Cheese and Basil Flatbread

Goat Cheese and Peach Pizza

Shrimp and Peach Skewers


Peach and Proscuitto Puff Pastry Pizza


Serve with your signature cocktail of choice like this California Peach Bellini:


Photo courtesy of Del Monte

And finish off the night with this delicious and festive dessert – Peach and Dried Cherry Bread Pudding



Please share your recipe and holiday party success with us on Facebook and Twitter! Be sure to use our #ILoveCannedPeaches hashtag. Happy Entertaining!

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Salad Makeover from Guest Blogger, Susan Micheli, RD

Salad Makeover!
Guest Blogger: Registered Dietitian, Susan Micheli


Salads can be a nutritious choice and a great way to fit in extra fruit and veggie servings. But it’s important to keep in mind that many salads can actually serve up more bad than good. Be sure to load your salad with the right stuff and skip the high-fat, calorie-dense, overly salted, mayo-based add-ons. The more fruits and veggies you include, the more flavor, crunch, texture, fiber and nutrition you get! Here are a few tips to help you make your own healthy salad at home or pick out the best option while dining out.

Start with a strong base. Choose dark leafy greens over iceberg. Spinach, kale, spring mix and romaine are all great choices. The darker green color means they are packed with folate and vitamin C, and are low in calories. Next…pile on the veggies! The more, the better. Add fruit! Shoot for getting as many different colors as possible! The more color, the more nutrients. For example, orange/yellow colored fruits (think peaches and apricots) are loaded with beta-carotene. And finally, watch the dressing. It’s easy to make a healthy salad full of fruits and veggies a bad salad fast by picking the wrong dressing. Avoid creamy-based dressings like ranch and blue cheese and opt for a balsamic or Italian dressing. The best option is to make your own dressing with olive oil and vinegar.

Salad Bar Cheat Sheet:

• Low-fat cheeses
• Low-fat dressings or heart-healthy olive oil and balsamic or red wine vinegar
• Load up on all the veggies you want!
• FRUIT! Canned or fresh are great options. Fruit adds extra zip, nutrition and sweetness to your salad
• One serving of heart-healthy nuts
• Low-fat proteins (like grilled chicken, shrimp or beans)

• High-calorie/mayo-based dressings
• Croutons
• Candied nuts
• Too much cheese
• High fat proteins (like fried chicken, or bacon bits)

Happy eating!

~Susan Micheli


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