Peaches have been around forever, according to the "The Nibble, They originated in China and the peach tree was considered the tree of life and peaches were considered symbols of immortality and unity. China is still the largest producer of peaches, but about half of the peaches in the U.S. come from California. With the rest, of course, coming from Georgia and Florida. Peaches are best from June through August and come in 100's of varieties, but the two basic types of peaches are clingstone and freestone. In clingstone peaches, the flesh “clings” to the “stone” of the peach, making it difficult to separate. This type is more suitable for processing. The pit of freestone peaches “freely” separates from the flesh, making it ideal for fresh consumption.
TIP: The flesh of a peach should have a slight give, but use your whole hand vs. fingertips to check since the fruit bruises so easily. Also, check for an even coloring of golden or creamy yellow.
Nutrition: A large peach has fewer than 70 calories and contains 3 grams of fiber. It’s also a good source of vitamins A and C.