Stone fruits are summer staples, and peaches are delicious members of that fruit family. Eaten fresh, grilled, or put in a pie or cobbler, it is a versatile fruit that can please every palate.
So what’s up with these fruits with the fuzzy skin? Peaches are grown in 28 states, and the top producers are Georgia, South Carolina, New Jersey, and right here in California. They are actually classified as part of the rose family, along with their close relatives: apricots, cherries, almonds, and plums.
The peach’s origin, however, began over 3,000 years ago in China. China continues to be the world’s largest producer of the fruit, growing about 45% of the crop. They were first brought to what is now Georgia in 1571 by Spanish missionaries.
Peaches are rich in Vitamins A and C, as well as essential minerals like magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, selenium, and potassium. They also contain about 3 grams of fiber per serving, making the sweet fruit a nutritional powerhouse.
Article by: Sofia Carroll
Photography by: Amy Nicole; Amy Nicole Photography