Where do peaches come from?
Peaches originated in Northwest China! Recent evidence dates as far back as 6000 BC in Zhejiang Province of China. Cultivated early in the Chinese culture, they were a favorite delicacy fruit of the emperors!
The 'persian apple' (latin name) was introduced to the Roman Empire from the Persians and then introduced to Europe by Alexander the Great!
In the early 17th century the peach was brought to the new world and the first peach tree was planted at a private estate in Virginia. American Indian tribes are credited for spreading the peach seed across America through trades.
It wasn't until the 19th century that peaches found their way into commercial production beginning in Virginia, Georgia, Delaware and Maryland!
Today, peaches are cultivated mainly in Georgia, Washington state, western Colorado, South Carolina, California, Maryland, Connecticut, Missouri and more!
South Carolina Peaches
Washington state Peaches