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National Peach Month

In 1982, President Reagan declared August as National Peach Month. Let’s take a look at some fun facts about this delicious fruit:

• There are over 2,000 varieties of peaches in the world.
• Peaches originated in China. Recent data shows that domestic peaches occurred as early as 6000 BC, in the province of Zhejiang.
• Peaches can be broken down into two groups: clingstone and freestone. Clingstone peaches have their pits tightly attached to the flesh, and they are mostly used for canning. The freestone peaches have pits that can be easily removed from the flesh, and they are primarily sold as fresh fruit.
• Peaches with white flesh are typically sweet with little acidity. Yellow fleshed peaches typically have an acid tang, coupled with sweetness.
• August 24th is National Peach Pie Day.
• California produces about 50% of the peaches in the US. South Carolina is the second largest producer, and Georgia is the third.
• A large peach has fewer than 70 calories and contains 3 grams of fiber.
• Most peach trees live about 15 years. It takes two years for a tree to start producing fruit, and the tree will be in it’s prime by year 4. A good tree will produce about 66 pounds per year.
• Every year, at Georgia’s Peach Festival, they make the world’s largest peach cobbler. It measures 11 by 5 feet, and is about 8 inches deep. It contains 90 pounds of butter, 150 pounds of sugar, 150 pounds of flour, 32 gallons of milk, and 75 gallons of peaches!

You know, that peach cobbler sounds pretty good. I think I’ll ask them for a couple of plates of that!