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Peaches Day

"The ripest peach is highest on the tree."

~ James Whitcomb Riley (1849-1916)

For three centuries English-speakers have been using "peach" and "peachy" to describe things considered really good, desirable and attractive, including attractive young ladies! First cultivated in China and then throughout Persia, the peach is a member of the same family which includes the cherry, apricot, almond, and plum! The Ancient Romans referred to the peach as malum persicum "Persian apple" while its scientific name, prunus persica, means "Persian plum". The soft protective peach fuzz (which inhibits insects and rot) marks the only significant difference between peaches and their close cousin the nectarine, the result of a single gene variant. A "peacherine" is a variant between the two, more like a large brightly coloured red peach, and even has a namesake piano composition by the King of Ragtime, Scott Joplin, "Peacherine Rag" (1901)! It's "peachy keen"! 🍑🍑🍑🥧

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The peach (Prunus persica) is a deciduous tree native to the region of Northwest China between the Tarim Basin and the north slopes of the Kunlun Shan mountains, where it was first domesticated and cultivated.  It bears an edible juicy fruit called a peach or a nectarine.

The peach belongs to the genus Prunus which includes the cherryapricotalmond and plum, in the rose family.


Peach and nectarines are the same species, even though they are regarded commercially as different fruits. In contrast to peaches, whose fruits present the characteristic fuzz on the skin, nectarines are the result of a recessive genetic allele, whereas peaches are produced from a dominant allele for fuzzy skin.

Peach blossoms are highly prized in Chinese culture. The ancient Chinese believed the peach to possess more vitality than any other tree because their blossoms appear before leaves sprout. When early rulers of China visited their territories, they were preceded by sorcerers armed with peach rods to protect them from spectral evils. On New Year's Eve, local magistrates would cut peach wood branches and place them over their doors to protect against evil influences.

By designer Carol A.L. Martin, this tartan uses the rich colours of ripe peaches in season.

For a recipe for Brown Sugar Peach Pie from Sally's Baking Addiction, click the peaches.   Even the picture of the pie slice itself (a la mode) is delicious!

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