Pies, smoothies, cakes, teas, cobbler, and more! There are endless ways to enjoy peaches for National Peach Month.
In 1982, Ronald Reagan proclaimed August as National Peach Month and encouraged all citizens to incorporate peaches into their diets.
Fun Facts about peaches:
- The peach (Prunus persica) is a species of Prunus native to China that bears an edible juicy fruit also called a peach.
- The scientific name persica, along with the word “peach” itself and its cognates in many European languages, derives from an early European belief that peaches were native to Persia.
- 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 peach is a member of the rose family, and there are over 700 varieties of the fruit.
- Fresh market peaches are available from May through September
- A large peach has fewer than 70 calories and contains 3 grams of fiber. It’s also a good source of vitamins A and C