It’s Peak Peach Season In South Carolina!

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Peaches have been an important commercial crop in South Carolina dating all the way back to the mid 1800’s. The industry began to take off with the introduction of the railroad. Packing sheds were built right along the railway so that railcars could easily load the peaches up and ship them long distances before highways were even developed.

South Carolina is now the #2 producing state in the United States and the top state east of the Mississippi. This great accomplishment has contributed to the affection nickname of “The Tastier Peach State”. Find more information at the South Carolina Peach Council web site.

In fact, last year South Carolina produced over double the volume that Georgia is producing. You will not find a more passionate industry than the one within the culture of South Carolina peach growers. Many of them are third, fourth, and fifth generation growers which help contribute to the high quality of South Carolina peaches.

Peach production is an important segment of South Carolina’s largest industry- agriculture. Peaches are comprised of more than 80% water and a good source of dietary fiber, making them good for those trying to lose weight. Not only are peaches a mouth-watering treat, they have health benefits too!

Peaches are a very good source of antioxidant Vitamin C which helps the body boost its immune system. In addition, they are a good source of Vitamins A & B, energy, potassium, carbohydrates, dietary fiber, and iron.

When choosing a South Carolina peach, do not be fooled by a heavily blushed color. This red coloring is only an indicator of the type of peach and is a result of the amount of sunlight the fruit received while on the tree. To judge a ripe peach based on color, look at the background for a creamy yellow shade and never choose a fruit tinged with green.

Peaches can be used in so many different types of recipes including this peach pizza!

Unlike yellow peaches, a white peach will turn whiter as it ripens. A pleasant peachy sweet smell is also a good indicator of ripeness. At the market or grocery store, look for peaches that are firm ripe. To judge a firm ripe peach, gently squeeze the fruit with your palm. You are looking for the fruit to give a little when tested.

Proper Storage

Place firm ripe peaches at room temperature – on a counter or shelf – until they are dead ripe and ready to eat. Once a peach is ready to eat and the juice flows when eaten, place it in the refrigerator. They can remain in the fridge for up to 7 – 10 days.

Freezing Peaches

Peel and slice soft ripe South Carolina peaches into a self-sealing freezer bag. Add 2 Tablespoons sugar for every cup of peaches. Seal, and let sit at room temperature for 20 minutes. This allows the sugar to extract juice from the peaches. Write the date with a permanent marker or pen on the bag. Place in freezer, and enjoy summer peaches throughout the year!

 

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Old 96 District
July 22, 2018
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