The Bottom Line: Sweet facts about peaches!
The Full Story:
- This fruit originates from China and they were introduced to the West through Persia – this is why in Roman times they were referred to as “Persian Apples.”
- In China this fruit is a symbol of good luck, protection and longevity.
- The first peach orchard in the U.S. was established in Florida in 1565.
- Peaches are grown commercially in 28 states. The top four peach-producing states are California, South Carolina, Georgia and New Jersey. California produces both fresh and processed peaches, whereas South Carolina and Georgia produce mainly fresh peaches.
- The two basic types of peaches are clingstone and freestone. In clingstone peaches, the flesh “clings” to the “stone” of the peach, making it difficult to separate. This type is more suitable for processing. The pit of freestone peaches “freely” separates from the flesh, making it ideal for fresh consumption.
- The peach is a member of the rose family, and there are over 700 varieties of the fruit.
- Peach is good for digestion and it has a diuretic effect - you can eat these fruits to cleanse your kidneys and bladder.
- In the world, China is the biggest producer of peaches and Italy is the second.