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Sunday, November 9, 2008

PEACH (White Flesh)

Common Name: Peach
Botanical Name: Prunus persica
Specimens From: China
Specimens Weight: 276 gm (average wgt per fruit)

Peaches are native to China and are one of the oldest fruits around, dating back several thousands years ago. It is now a very popular fruit worldwide, due to its favorable aromatic flavour.

There are thousands of peach cultivars but most of them are usually yellow with shades of red or pink on its unmistakable velvety fuzzy skin. Those with fuzz-less skin are known as nectarines but they are actually of the same species.

Both types of the skin are edible. Its flesh is either white or yellow. White flesh is usually sweeter whereas the yellow flesh is more acidic. The photos shown above are the white fleshed peaches. There is also another type with the unusual flattened shape, the pan tao or donut peach.

There is a single brown seed encased in a woody pit or stone. The seed tastes bitter as it contains cyanide. Avoid eating it as it is harmful when taken in large doses.

Peaches can be either clingstones or freestones, meaning that the flesh sticking to the stones or not. Most of the clingstone peaches are meant for canning. Freestone peaches are better off as fresh fruits.

Peach; Prunus persica; Amygdalus; Prunoideae; Rosaceae.

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Anonymous said...

peaches, even if exotic to a Norwegian, it reminds in good old times of Christmas :-)

Mom Knows Everything said...

I've never seen a white flesh peach before.

Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

I've never heard of white-fleshed peaches before, Fruity. How interesting!!!

We have a peach tree that struggles through the winter but has produced every year.:D If it goes too far below zero, it has problems. I'm surprised the peaches grow in this area at all.

Hugs, JJ

Karin W. said...

I like peaches. They make such a great addition to salads.

Anonymous said...

Hey, my new last married name is Peach. I love peaches and it is ironic that me new husband gave me that last name.

Anonymous said...

Not a peach guy family loves them though! :)

Anonymous said...

I had a peach earlier today!

Very cool and unique blog! :)

myonlyphoto said...

Finally lol you got fruit we have in our supermarkets all year long. Thanks for sharing info about peaches....Anna :)

Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

Dropping by to wish you a Happy Weekend!!!

Blessings! JJ

Anonymous said...

This is a very entertaining blog. Well-written and clever. You are now on my favorite list.

Karin W. said...

Here's something for you. Bye and greetings from Sweden.

Anonymous said...

Have a fantastic Thanksgiving!

Anonymous said...

I had a great peach fruit cobbler for Thanksgiving. Hope you had a nice holiday