The peach belongs to the rose family and has been cultivated at least since 1000 B.C.E. California gold miners were the first to commercially farm cling peaches, where they’re still an important crop. Fresh peaches are in their prime and available from May to October in most regions of the United States. California produces more than 50% of the peaches in the United States, and grows 175 different varieties. Georgia is also a large producer of peaches, growing a large percentage so that it became known as the Peach State. In the U.S. mainland many other states, such as New Jersey, grow peaches, battling against hard freezes every year which decreases their production. China however still remains the largest world producer of peaches with Italy second.
Nutritionally peaches contribute vitamins A, B and C, and you can eat as many as you want since a medium peach contains only 37 calories.
For a nutritious, nutrient dense drink, try our Cinnamon Peach Smoothie, with only 202 calories in one refreshing cup, or the Peach Milkshake, packing a powerful 528 calories and 12 grams of protein in frosty cup. Do you have a favorite recipe, or way to eat peaches? Why don't you share it with us and our readers?