People across China have gone on a buying spree for canned yellow peaches as Covid-19 restrictions are eased. Many believe that the sugar-laden, vitamin C laced fruit can help battle illness. Photo: SCMP Composite
People across China have gone on a buying spree for canned yellow peaches as Covid-19 restrictions are eased. Many believe that the sugar-laden, vitamin C laced fruit can help battle illness. Photo: SCMP Composite

‘Magic medicine’: canned peaches fly off shelves across China amid belief that ‘king’ of fruits can ward off Covid-19 as restrictions relaxed

  • Sweet tinned snack dubbed ‘king of canned fruits’ because word ‘peach’ sounds like ‘escape’ in Mandarin, including ‘escaping’ illness
  • Producers and doctors warn peaches are no substitute for medicine but admit high vitamin C and sugar content can aid recovery

People across China have gone on a buying spree for canned yellow peaches as Covid-19 restrictions are eased. Many believe that the sugar-laden, vitamin C laced fruit can help battle illness. Photo: SCMP Composite
People across China have gone on a buying spree for canned yellow peaches as Covid-19 restrictions are eased. Many believe that the sugar-laden, vitamin C laced fruit can help battle illness. Photo: SCMP Composite
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