Magickal Aspects of Peaches

We continue our look at a variety of foods and herbs as Magickal ingredients as well as mundane. It is my desire to show you how in Kitchen Witchery there is Magick in the ordinary. Items most take for granted are valuable to a Kitchen Witch.
 
This week we are looking at Peaches. 
 

Yes, juicy fuzzy sweet peaches. We picked some up at our local orchard and farm market and…. they are gone now because they were so good! It late July here in Pennsylvania and Peaches are in season making this time of the year the right time to have this Magickal ingredient in your kitchen.
 
 Magickal Aspects of Peaches
 
 
A little history & legend:
 
We begin with a little history and legend with Peaches to gain a better understanding of why this fruit is more than a delicious and healthy treat.
 
Genetic studies trace the peach back to China, to about 2000BCE. This luscious fruit was cultivated in Persia and eventually reaching Greece in 300BCE. Peaches were brought to America by Spanish explorers in the 16thcentury, but did not make it to England and France until the 17thcentury.
 
Peach blossoms are high prized in many Asian cultures. The Chinese believe the peach to possess abundant vitality more than any other tree. This is thought be because their blossoms appear before leaves.
 
When early rulers of China visited territories within their kingdoms, sorcerers armed with peach rods would go ahead of them to protect them from spectral evils. One of the deities of the Chinese Fulu Shou religion, named The Old Man of the South Pole (a member of the Eight Immortals), is sometimes seen holding a large peach, to represent long life and health.
 
Let’s look further into Peach and its values in a Magick Kitchen


Aspects of Peach:
Magickal: Aspects:
Longevity
Protection
Vitality
Love
A Few Associated Deities:
Kami (Elemental Spirits in Nature)
The Old Man of the South Pole (a member of the Eight Immortals)
Venus
Aphrodite
Freya
Hathor
Element:
Water
In Season:
Mid July through Late September
Medicinal properties:
Packed with selenium a powerful antioxidant believed to help fight cancer.
Peaches can help rid the intestines of parasites
Diuretic properties help maintain liver and kidney health, and may also help with gout and rheumatism
Compounds present in stone fruit, such as peaches are shown to have anti-obesity, anti-inflammatory and anti-diabetic properties.
Peach blossoms can be used as a sedative
Used to ease symptoms of bronchitis, coughs and gastritis
Magick:
Carved peach pits worn around the neck protect one’s life, safety and health. Amulets of this sort are often worn by children. 
Peach wood carved into a seal or gate guard doors and openings.
Peach wood makes and excellent wand.
When is it ripe?
A peach should be firm but not squishy when you gently grasp the fruit. A peach is ready to eat when it smells like a peach.
Culinary Use:
Most of the time peaches are eaten raw, but this fruit is versatile enough for baking,juicing, the grill, salads, and more.
Preserving:
Peaches can be frozen, dried and canned
Storage:
Store at 32° F in high humidity.
Home and Ritual Décor:
Peach pits can be caved and used in the creation of wreaths & necklaces.
Peach wood can also be carved into plaques and used to decorate walls and mantels.
Place a bowl or basket of fresh peaches and peach leaves on your table for a beautifully fragrant and edible arrangement.
Magickal Aspects of Peach The Magick Kitchen 
 
 
  
 

Serves 6

Fresh Peach Ice Tea Recipe

This is perfect to make this when peaches are in season. It is so refreshing and delicious. Note that organic is always best but not mandatory for this recipe.

10Prep Time

15Total Time

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Ingredients

  • 3-5 Oolong tea Bags
  • Water, 2C plus more to dilute brewed tea
  • 1C of bottled fresh peach juice or 2-3 fresh peaches - juiced
  • Ice, lots of ice
  • Simple Syrup, to taste
  • Light Rum, to taste (optional)

Instructions

  1. Simple Syrup Recipe
  2. 1C Sugar
  3. 1C Water
  4. Combine these two ingredients in a small pot and bring to a boil until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Pour into desired container for storage and future use.
  5. ©2014, The Magick Kitchen

Nutrition

Calories: 157.08 cal
 
© The Magick Kitchen, 2014
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Leandra Witchwood

I just want good food and to live a Magickal life! Is that so much to ask?
Through persistence, I found the honest answer… I can have both! I realize that I could forge my own path using the skills and knowledge I gained, and the simplest of techniques.

I love food and everything that goes with it. I have spent more than 35 years in the kitchen, enjoying every minute. Okay… well, enjoying almost every minute of it.

In addition, I have disbursed nearly as many years studying Wicca, Witchcraft, and Paganism. Combining these two interests has created a Magickal path where I combine food and spirituality. To my delight they play brilliantly together.

My love of whole healthy foods, and unique recipes has also lead me to help run a local teen cooking program, where I teach kids valuable life skills in the kitchen. In addition, I teach a variety of cooking classes for adults and covens on subjects ranging from making the time spent in the kitchen more enjoyable, to cooking together as a group, and recipe-spell creation.

It only made sense that I would begin writing and sharing my experience. From this, The Magick Kitchen was born. My journey with you is about developing a spiritual experience with food, far beyond the dull habit of consumption. We have a marvelous opportunity here to take a most mundane task and make it Magickal!

The Magick Kitchen is about connecting to Divinity through food and the ritual of preparing and sharing food. It is about developing a sacred balance between nourishment, ritual, and spirit. Food has the power to heal, sooth, and bring us together as friends, families, and community.

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