The Peach is a fuzzy fruit that has a sweet taste and is extremely popular around the world. Even though they are commercially classified as different products, peaches and nectarines are closely related, with only a single gene mutation differentiating the two. In fact, nectarines can grow on peach trees and vice versa. In Texas, peaches are the leading deciduous fruit crop gown with over a million trees planted all over the state. With the demand for this sweet fruit going up every year, the outlook for the Peach, for the lack of a better term, is peachy.
- Kingdom: Plantae
- Order: Rosales
- Family: Rosaceae
- Genus: Prunus
- Species: P. persica
- Binomial name: Prunus persica
- Early Romans called peaches as “Persian Apples,” naming them after the country that introduced peaches to them.
- In America, the Peach is the third most popular fruit grown
- The US provides a quarter of the world’s fresh peach supply
- China is the world’s largest peach producer, both fresh and canned peaches