The peach is one of the quintessential summer fruits and its arrival is marked by eager anticipation every year. Throughout the summer months, the peach can be found in a variety of recipes, from peach cobbler to peach salad, its sweet flavor and versatility is no doubt responsible for its continuing popularity. While the fruit’s delicious taste is well known, there are many interesting facts that you may not know. In the interest of expanding your peach knowledge, here are ten little known facts about the peach:
1. The peach originated in China and belongs to the rose family.
2. The peach’s scientific name is Prunus persica
3. There are two main varieties of peaches: clingstone and freestone. In clingstone peaches, the flesh of the peach sticks to the pit while it is easily separated in freestone varieties.
4. Peaches can be either yellow or white. Typically, the white peach is sweeter and less acidic than its yellow relative.
5. Peaches were once known as Persian apples
6. China and Italy are the two largest peach growers in the world.
7. Peaches are nutritious as they contain 3 grams of fiber and a healthy amount of vitamins A and C.
8. Peach season runs from June to August
9. The world’s biggest peach cobbler is made in Georgia, it measures 11 feet by 5 feet
10. When ripe, the peach should be slightly soft to the touch and have an even coloring.
With a history dating back thousands of years, there is more to peaches than just their delicious taste. As peach farmers, we take pride in the history and trivial facts about the fruit we cultivate. So, next time you bite into a fresh, juicy peach or dip your spoon into a mouthwatering cobbler, we hope you will share one or two of these facts with your friends. Who knows, they just might be impressed!