August is National Peach Month, so here are a few interesting facts about them:
Ten Fun Facts About Peaches
- The botanical name is Prunus persica—which means Persian plum. Ancient Romans called them Persian Apples.
- Peaches are native to China where they are considered a symbol of good luck and longevity.
- Peaches are a member of the Rose Family—this makes them related to plums, apricots, apples, pears, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries—even almonds!
- The world’s largest peach cobbler is made every year in Georgia—measuring 5 feet by 11 feet! I wonder how much ice cream it takes to top that…
- Nectarines are not a cross between a peach and a plum. They are simply a variety of peach without fuzz.
- Peaches are a good source of vitamins A, B, C, and phytonutrients like beta-carotene and selenium—a micro-nutrient that is known for anti-cancer properties. They are low in calories and a good source of fiber.
- The world’s largest grower of peaches is China, followed by Italy. In the U.S. the top 4 peach-growing states are California, South Carolina, Georgia, and New Jersey. While Georgia is “The Peach State,” California actually grows more peaches.
- It’s believed that Spanish missionaries brought peach trees to the U. S. The first peach tree was planted in Florida, in the mid-1500s.
- There are two basic types of peaches—freestone and clingstone. The flesh is much easier to remove from a freestone peach so they are the ones most often grown for fresh eating.
- Peaches come in both white and yellow varieties. White peaches have slightly less acid so are a bit sweeter.
Peach Trees Are Easy to Grow
Peach trees are easy to grow if you have full sun and well-drained soil. You can even try growing your own from a peach pit. To make sure it’s a peach variety that does well in your area, I’d recommend getting peaches from a local Farmers Market.
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