The experience you will have biting into a nice, juicy, ripe peach and having the juice run down your fingers and chin will long be remembered.
Peaches originated in China nearly 3,000 years ago and were considered a symbol of long life and immortality. Today peaches are cultivated in 15 states in the United States with 60% of the growers being in California's San Joaquin Valley.
Two types of peaches are grown: clingstone and freestone. Clingstone peaches have a firm flesh that requires a knife to remove the flesh off the pit. What peach lovers search for are the freestone peaches. These are simply delicious and the juicy flesh falls gently off the pit to make biting into a freestone a delight!
The peach is the state fruit of Georgia and South Carolina. It is also the state flower of Delaware.
Peaches and cream is a common phrase. However, did you know peaches and pecans are also delicious when eaten together? Even more mouth-watering is eating a freshly baked peach-pecan kuchen. This is a single-crust pie that is easy to prepare.
Canning fresh peaches is another wonderful treat to enjoy throughout the year, especially during mid-winter months. It takes 2 to 3 pounds of peaches to fill one quart container. Remember that fuzzy peaches require peeling.
Creativity of the chef means something 'peachy' for all kinds of meals. Peach butter, cupcakes, marmalade, milkshakes, soups, and vinaigrettes, are just a few items that can be made with peaches. And, do not hesitate to enjoy peaches as a complement to a main course!
Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff