These sweet, juicy fruits are delicious eaten fresh or baked in pies, cakes, and pastries, poached in wine or syrup, or served in refreshing summer beverages.
The Straight Dope on a Downy Drupe
A member of the rose family, the peach is a drupe fruit because of the hard pit, or stone, at its center. With freestone peaches, the pit falls away easily when the fruit is halved; clingstones require a little muscle to dislodge the pit.
Their skin and flesh are fragile and bruise easily. But their delicate nature is a great excuse to gobble them up fast -- in cobblers, over ice cream, in fruit salads, salsas, and just straight from the hand.
Georgia may be the Peach State, but California actually grows the most, producing about half the total U.S. crop. Peaches originated in China and spread west, helped along by ancient Greeks and Romans. Spaniards brought them to the New World.