August 8, 2012

Did You Know. . .

that peaches were mentioned in literature as early as 79 A.D.?

that in Ancient China, peaches were a sign of longevity and immortality?

that peaches are members of the rose family?

that Cling or Clingstone peaches are called that because they have a pit in which the flesh "clings" to it.   The freestone peaches are then so called because they have a pit from which the flesh pulls away easily.

that the peach and nectarine are so similar that there is only one gene that makes them distinct from each other?  The nectarine has one recessive gene and it happens to be the one with the fuzz.

that peaches do not ripen in the refrigerator?

that peaches ripen faster in a bag?

that people in the US prefer yellow peaches but that people in Asia prefer white peaches?

that the saying "you're a real peach" started from the tradition of giving peaches to your beloved friends?


    1. Hmm... Maybe this is why my peaches aren't getting ripe. I've had them in the fridge for two days and they're still rocks. Thanks!

    2. I know. . . I learned the hard way too! I just set mine in a bowl and leave them out to ripen naturally. If you want them to ripen faster, just put them in a brown paper bag. I also do this for plums and pears.