Not that we needed a reason to celebrate the sweet, juicy peach, but August is National Peach Month! This fuzzy little fruit has a deliciously ancient history and can be enjoyed solo or in numerous recipes, both savory and sweet. Click on the link below to learn all about the peach and a recipe for Peach Almond Cake. Or click here for an ancient recipe for yummy Filled Peaches!
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Sun-kissed a blushing gold, peaches are a deliciously succulent marvel. Fuzzy or smooth, they tickle the palate and are versatility personified when gracing entrees, salads and desserts.
As much as we enjoy peaches today, you may be surprised to learn that they have quite an ancient—make that very ancient—history.
In 2010 a road crew near the North Terminal Bus Station in Kunming, central Yunnan Province, southwestern China, unearthed a strange find in the strata of a rock outcrop from the late Pliocene Ciying Formation. A team of paleontologists led by Dr. Tao Su of Xishuangbanna Tropical Garden and the Nanjing Institute of Geology and Paleontology identified the objects as eight fossilized peach endocarps or pits. They realized the discovery as a new species of the genus Prunus and named the pits P. kunmingensis. The endocarps were dated back 2.5 million years. Continue reading
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