California Peach History
In 1849, the gold rush initiated a population boom within California. As a result, eastern supply could no longer satisfy demand for peaches. California peach production began.
California produces 65 percent of the total US crop of peaches
Numerous varieties flourished in California’s Mediterranean-like climate and an important industry was born.
California is the #1 producer of peaches in the Nation
Various American Indian tribes are credited with migrating the peach tree across the United States, taking seeds along with them and planting as they roved the country.
Although Thomas Jefferson had peach trees at Monticello, United States farmers did not begin commercial production of peaches until the nineteenth century. Today, peaches are the second largest commercial fruit crop in the States, second only to apples.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF PEACHES
Peaches Contribute to Good Eye Health
Beta carotene is responsible for eye health. Peaches are a rich source of beta carotene that improves vision health by increasing circulation of blood in the all body parts.
Peaches are Excellent for the Skin
California peaches are a great source of Vitamin C which is widely used for skin care. Apart from health benefits, you can directly use peaches to treat such dark circles and wrinkles.
California Peaches Can Act as a Toxin Cleanser
We take many toxins daily with our daily meals that once does harm for kidneys. Peaches contain high amount of fiber and potassium that reduces kidney related diseases and lessens the risk of ulcer. It’s a hidden health benefit of peaches.
Peaches Aide in Weight Control
Regular intake of one large peach can help you to lose weight. One peach contains only 68 calories surprisingly with no fat. Peach, however, is an ideal diet for dieters.
California Peaches are Full of Vitamins
Peaches are the rich source of multivitamins and minerals. They have vitamins including A, C, E, and K with seven particular minerals (calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, zinc, Manganese and Phosphorus).
Peaches are a Rich Source of Antioxidant & Fiber
A study has shown that, peaches are a good source of antioxidant and fiber. Antioxidant, Chlorogenic acid, works as anti-inflammatory in the body. On the other side, fiber is good for digestion. It also prevents constipation.
Peaches Also Work Against Cancer & Heart Disease
Studies have found that, lycopene and lutein in peach helps to prevent macular degeneration and cancer. And it also significantly decreases risk of heart disease.
Resource via: The Sleuth Journal
PEACH FUN FACTS
- Genetically, nectarines differ from peaches by a single recessive gene — the one that makes peaches fuzzy.
- Yellow-fleshed peaches are more popular among Americans and Europeans, while Asians prefer the white-fleshed varieties.
- Members of the rose family, peaches are related to the almond.
- In World War I, peach pits were used as filters in gas masks.
- The origin of the peach dates to tenth century BC China where the first wild peach trees produced small, sour fruits.
- In China this fruit is a symbol of good luck, protection and longevity.
- August is the National Peach Month in the USA since 1982.
Resource via: Cal Cling Peach