“An apple is an excellent thing—until you have tried a peach.”
~George du Maurier
It is August—time to celebrate National Peach Month!
President Ronald Regan instituted the holiday when he was in office with the hopes of encouraging more Americans to eat these beautiful, nutritious gifts of nature.
The peach is a very special fruit.
Today we will discover what it symbolizes, why it is so good for you and some fun facts.
The Peach and What It Means
Native to Northwest China, the peach is full of symbolism across the globe.
For the Japanese, the peach embodies truth.
In Korea, it is considered to be the good luck fruit and is associated with happiness, prosperity, and longevity.
For many Western cultures, the peach is an emblem of purity and virtue.
For the Chinese, different parts of the peach plant are believed to symbolize different things.
The peach blossom stands for luck, peach petals symbolize love, the peach tree represents longevity, and the peach wood is believed to be capable of warding off evil.
The peach fruit itself, considered to be the divine fruit of the gods, is a symbol of immortality.
Some Fun Facts About Peaches
- Peaches originate in China, and recent evidence suggests that they have been cultivated since 6000 BC. China still produces over half of the world’s peaches.
- Georgia is known as the “Peach State” although both California and South Carolina produce more of the fruit.
- The Ancient Romans called peaches “Persian Apples,” a reference to the country that introduced peaches to the West.
- The peach is a member of the rose family and is classified as a drupe (a fruit with a hard stone, like cherries, plums, and apricots).
- Nectarines are a variety of peach with smooth skin (not a cross between a peach and a plum). Just like peaches, their flesh can be white or yellow.
The BEST way to celebrate National Peach Month is to eat them!
You can eat them raw or cook them in an array of dishes.
Here is one irresistible (and simple!) recipe for Peach Crisp that we absolutely adore.