“Eat a Peach Day” is celebrated annually on August 21. This day celebrates one of the juiciest fruits abundantly harvested in California and Georgia every year.
Although peaches are native to China they were taken to Persia along the Silk Route before the trees were spread by the Romans into the north and western areas of Europe.
We have all heard people refer to the phrase describing this fruit as the “Georgia peach”. It is true that peaches are grown in Georgia; California on the other hand is the largest peach grower in the United States.
Peaches grow on trees and their genus name is Amygdalus persica. Would you believe peaches are a member of the rose family? It’s true! They are also closely related to the apricot and almond while nectarines are a variety of peaches they have a smooth skin unlike the fuzzy covering on a peach.
Peaches are classified into two categories: freestone and clingstone. We have all at one time picked or purchased both types. The freestone peach refers to the pit that comes away very easily from the fleshy part of the fruit. The clingstone on the other hand contains a stubborn pit that adheres to the peach flesh and is hard to separate the two.
Now that we know a little more about peaches than we did before it is time to celebrate this wonderfully juicy food holiday called “Eat a Peach Day”! Walk over to the refrigerator, take a trip to the grocery store, farmers market or road-side stand and get yourself a peach to eat today.
Different ways to enjoy peaches on its special day:
- The first way to enjoy a peach is to just bite into it. Make sure there is a napkin close by to prevent the juice from running down your hand and wrist or dribbling down your chin.
- Purchase a few and pass them around to your friends and family and share the celebration together with a juicy fruit that is not only a healthy choice but also delicious and good for all.
- Baking is another way to celebrate this holiday. Pull out your favorite family recipes and bake a peach pie, peach cobbler or a peach upside down cake. Peach Melba is another favorite recipe to try, topped with vanilla ice cream makes a great dessert for the family.
- Purchase a container or create your some homemade peach ice cream which will surely cool you down on this summer afternoon.
- Try a more complete healthy treat. Slice up a fresh peach and add it to some of your other favorite fruits and create a refreshing fruit salad for a light lunch or dessert.
- No matter how you enjoy your peaches today remember they are packed full of vitamin C. Peaches are also a great source of fiber and potassium. They are a special fruit, when the beta- carotene is consumed your body actually converts them to vitamin A giving you more nutrients without having to take a supplement.
“Rather one bite of peach than a basketful of apricots.”
How will you enjoy your peach on “Eat a Peach Day”?
© 2013 Beverly Mucha / All Rights Reserved
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