There’s nothing better than a juicy ripe peach in the summer, and that taste is why peach season is a favorite all over the United States.
Peach season IS summertime, and the taste of a ripe peach is something most people crave in July and August. So, what is it about peaches that make them the quintessential fruit of summer?
Here are some facts about peaches – and peach season.
- Peaches have lots of vitamins, especially Vitamin A and C.
- Peaches are a fat-free food.
- There are two types of peaches: Freestone and Clingstone. The Freestone peach is better for eating out of hand and is mostly what you find at farmer’s markets and grocery stores. The Clingstone peach is usually used in processing plants and commercial uses.
- Georgia is the state known for its peaches, but other states – like California – actually produce more peaches annually.
- More than 1 billion pounds of peaches are grown annually in the U.S.
- Peaches are picked by hand, as they bruise easily.
- August is National Peach Month.
- The average peach tree can produce more than 50 pounds of peaches in a season.
- It takes a peach about 4-5 months to mature and ripen.
- Peaches are harvested from the end of June until the end of August.
- Peaches come in three colors: White, yellow and red. Most peaches in the U.S. are yellow.
- Need to ripen a peach? Put it in a brown paper bag for a few days!
- Peaches are a member of the rose family and are “drupes” which mean they have hard stones or pits inside.
We hope you enjoyed these fun facts about peaches. Did we miss your favorite peach fact? Share it with us!
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