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Saturday, August 25, 2012

A Peach History

Peaches originated in China where they have been cultivated there since 2000 BC.

They were the favored fruit of Chinese kings and emperors.

From China, the peach was brought to India and Western Asia.

When Alexander the Great conquered the Persians, peaches were part of the bounty he brought back to Greece. 

Believing that the fruit was native to Persia, Romans called the peach "the Persian apple." From there, came it's scientific name, "persica," it's French name, "pêche," and it's English name, "peach."

In the 17th century, the fruit made it's way to America.

There are now over 700 varieties of peaches worldwide.

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