A Peach is the same species as apricots, cherries, nectarines, plums & almonds.
Skin colour varies from white, yellow to a slight red
Flesh is white or yellow, soft texture, while melting and juicy
A fleshy fruit. It has a seed in the centre of the stone.
The peach belongs to the rose family. The peach tree is a deciduous tree. Peaches require fertile, well-drained soil as the roots do not like to stay wet.
Peach trees need cold winter conditions followed by a warm, hot summers for growth.
The peach originated in China where it had been cultivated for thousands of years and was mentioned in literature as far back as 551 B.C. It was transported from China to Persia (Iran), and then to Europe over 2000 years ago.After the Greeks and Romans enjoyed the fine taste of peaches, France started importing them in the 15th or 16th century, from here they were sent to the rest of Europe. Peaches were introduced to America by Columbus, in the 19th century the fruit was being produced in Australia.
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