By: Sloane Anderson

Where do peaches grow? When is there peak season?

Peaches grow very well in a fairly limited range, since they have a chilling requirement that low altitude tropical areas cannot satisfy. In tropical and equatorial latitudes, such as Ecuador, Colombia, Ethiopia, India and Nepal, they grow at higher altitudes that can satisfy the chilling requirement. But all peaches ripen in the summer months. The further south they are grown the faster they ripen. Peaches are in season during the summer time. California peaches are typically available starting in June, while Georgia peaches normally show up in July.

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How do I choose my peach? Where do I store them?

How to pick: It's important to pay attention to colour -- not the red blush, which is meaningless, but the background colour, particularly around the stem. If you see some green, it means the fruit is not yet ripe. Leave it at room temperature for a day or two, though, and it will ripen just fine (don't refrigerate a peach or nectarine until it is fully ripe). Also pay attention to the quality of the background colour. Most peaches and nectarines are creamy yellow; look for ones that glow an orange-ish gold, they'll be the sweetest and best-flavoured.

How to store: Peaches and nectarines will continue to ripen after they've been harvested if you leave them at room temperature. They should never be refrigerated until they are fully ripe. Chilling them before that will result in fruit that is mealy and flavourless.

Fun and Interesting facts! :)

-Because of the above mentioned A and C vitamins in this fruit, it is a great moisturizer and a natural cure for refreshing the skin; therefore it is often used in cosmetics.

- Peach can even have a positive effect on our scalp and it is able to reduce hair loss.

-It is a good stress-reliever, helps to reduce anxiety – it is often referred to as the ‘Fruit of Calmness’ in Hungary.

- This fruit is a member of the Rosaceae family and is a close relative of almonds.

-August is the National Peach Month in the USA since 1982.

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