What do you know? Peaches don’t originally come from cans! Kidding aside, peach is a tasty fruit that is popularly preserved. It is a widely processed fruit that is globally available today. Peach is a native fruit-bearing tree in China and has a significant meaning for the Chinese.
According to Chinese mythology, peach is the divine fruit of the gods. It is believed, in China, that consuming peaches can perpetually make people young! Talk about immortality, right?
China is the largest producer of peaches in the world. In fact, in 2016, almost 58% of the world’s production of peaches comes from China!
But you don’t have to go to China to get some peaches. You can find a lot of different varieties at the grocery store. If you want some rare types of peaches, the farmer’s market may offer you a different variety.
Now, let’s talk about those different types of peaches.
Different Types of Peaches
Basically, there are two main types of peaches, according to the pit; clingstone and freestone. Recently, there is a third category that entered the classification; semi-freestone.
As the name suggests, this type of peach has a pit that does not stick to the flesh. Because the flesh does not stick to the pit, this type of peach is easier to prepare. You can easily make wedges out of it! You can even eat it as it is.
Freestone peaches are the most common peaches that you can find in the grocery. They are a bit larger than most peaches and a little less juicy than clingstone peaches. Freestone peaches are favored because they are a lot easier to prepare.
Commercially preserved and canned peaches are made from clingstone peaches. Clingstone peaches are known for their sweetness and juicy flesh. Clingstones are one of the best varieties famously used in the kitchen. It releases amazing flavors when cooked that’s why it’s one of the best types of peaches you can use for baking and making preserves.
Because they are commercially used for canning, you won’t commonly find them at groceries. You have a better shot of finding clingstone peaches at the farmers market.
Wouldn’t you want to have sweet and juicy peaches that don’t stick to the pit? Well, you are not the only one who thought about that. Agriculturist has found a way to fuse the characteristics of freestone and clingstone peaches.
Semi-freestone peaches are sweet, juicy, and has a pit that does not cling to the pit when picked at the optimal level of ripeness. Semi-freestone peaches are great for fresh consumption and would make great baked goodies too!
If you want to discover how to make a delicious peach dessert, please watch this video:
Peaches are everywhere, and China won’t be lowering down its production anytime soon. So, don’t be afraid that you may shorten the supply if you eat too much! Go ahead and knock yourself out.
If you truly love peach and you can’t get enough of it, why not try peach picking sometime? Have a friend come with you! It would be a lot of fun!