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Peachy Information

 

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Where did Peaches come from?

Ever since prehistoric time, wild peach trees have been growing in northern China, its native land. From the time of Confucius, the peach (tao) has inspired poets, artists and also philosophers. To the Chinese, it is a symbol of immortality and friendship.

First cultivated in China, peach trees moved west towards Persia before migrating to Europe and other temperate regions of the world. The Romans thought peaches originated from Persia and called them Persian Iranian apples, and hence the Latin name for peach prunus persica came about.

The Spanish brought the peach to the United States in the sixteenth century.

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Do you know...

In some parts of China, ornamental peaches are widely cultivated for their blossoms, a symbol of fertility since ancient times.

A nectarine is actually a fuzzless peach and not, as some mistakenly believe, a cross between a peach and a plum.

Impressionist artist Renoir encouraged his students to improve their painting skills by reproducing the textures and colours of peaches.

Peaches are close relatives of almonds and peach seeds are used as an almond oil substitute in cosmetic preparations. Their leaves and bark are used as a medicinal tea for chronic bronchitis, coughs and gastritis.

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Flowers

To 4cm (1.5 inches) across, pale to deep pink or red, sometimes white, short-stalked, borned singly or in pairs, in early spring.

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Fruit

Rounded, fleshy, sweet, edible, usually orange-yellow flushed red, to 7.5cm (3 inches) across, thin velvety fruit skin enclosing a deeply pitted, furrowed stone with a white seed.

 

Tree

Height : 8m (26 feet)

Native Region : China

Habitat: Mountain

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"Training is everything, the peach was once a bitter almond."
- Mark Twain

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