Did you know that peaches originated in China? They have been cultivated since at least 1000 B.C.E. The peach tree is considered to be the tree of life in Chinese culture and peaches are symbols of immortality and unity. Peach blossoms are often carried by Chinese brides. Peaches traveled west by way of the silk roads to Persia, earning them the name Prunus persica. The story goes on from there. In Persia, Alexander the Great introduced them to the Greeks. By 50 to 20 B.C.E. the Romans called the peach, Persian apples and grew them to sell. Once the Romans cultivated the fruit, they were able to transport it north and west.
The Spaniards brought peaches to South America. The French introduced them to Louisiana. The English took them to their Jamestown and Massachusetts colonies. Columbus brought peach trees to America on his second and third voyages.
Learn more about peaches in today’s Down On The Farm!
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