Every summer, chances are you eat peaches – lots and lots of sweet, juicy summer peaches.
This summer fruit is a fan favorite, with its delicate color, fuzzy exterior and sweet taste. Peaches are high in fiber and contain Vitamins A and C. They are healthy but they taste like a treat.
If you are looking to learn more about summer peaches, here are some juicy details.
- There are two kinds of summer peaches: Freestone and clingstone. Clingstone peaches are generally what is processed because the pit clings to the flesh whereas freestone peaches are what you eat out of hand because the pit more easily separates.
- Peaches are free of fat, sodium and cholesterol!
- Georgia is known as the Peach State and every year, more than 130 pounds of the fruit is grown there. Still, two other states (California and South Carolina) grow more peaches.
- August is National Peach Month!
- Peaches are delicate and must be hand-picked from trees.
- Peach trees produce summer peaches for 10-12 years, producing about 60 pounds of fruit a year. An average peach tree is about 25 feet tall.
- Peaches are generally harvested from late June to the end of August.
- Peach flesh comes in three different colors: yellow (the most common in the U.S.), white and red.
- Peaches have a short shelf life. Generally, a peach is picked and delivered to a farm stand or grocery store within 2-3 days.
- Peaches originated in China and have been cultivated since 1000 B.C.
- Peach “fuzz” is designed to protect the fruit from pests, animals, disease and more. And did you know, nectarines are just peaches that grow without the fuzz.
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