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National Eat a Peach Day

National Eat a Peach Day is dedicated to the eating of peaches, and takes place in August, during one of the harvest months for the fruit. Peaches are native to Northwest China, and China still produces over half of the world's peaches. Its scientific name, persica, stems from the erroneous European belief that it was native to Persia, which is present day Iran. Peaches were brought to the Americas by the Spanish in the 16th century, possibly being planted in present day Georgia as early as 1571. By the early 17th century, they were being brought to the North American colonies from England. Founding Father Thomas Jefferson even had peaches growing at his estate, Monticello, but widespread commercial production of the fruit didn't start until the 19th century. Currently in the United States, Georgia is known as the "Peach State", although it follows California and South Carolina in total production of the fruit. Contrary to popular belief, peaches and nectarines are the same species. Nectarines lack the fuzz that peaches have, and this is because they produce a recessive allale—or form of a gene—while peaches produce a dominant allele.

How to Observe National Eat a Peach Day

Today you should be eating peaches, and there is no shortage of ways to do so. Try eating them in a pie, cobbler, fruit salad, jam, ice cream, or just on their own. Here are a few recipes to get you started. Once you are all filled up with peaches, you may want watch James and the Giant Peach, listen to the Allman Brother's classic album, Eat a Peach, and blast The Presidents of the United States' mid-nineties hit, "Peaches".

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