August is National Peach Month!
Celebrate by learning a few facts about peaches or checking out a peach related title from our collection!
Peaches are members of the rose family, like the plum and apricot. They are also categorized as a “drupe” which a fruit with a hard stone in their center. They are good sources of vitamins A and C. Peaches reach their peak tastiness from June until the end of August, so enjoy them while you can!
There are hundreds of different varieties of peaches, but they all fall into two specific categories- freestones and clingstones. For freestone peaches, the flesh separates easily from the pit, making them perfect to enjoy fresh! For the clingstone varieties, the flesh tends to “cling” to the pit, making them a good choice to use for canning.
The peach originated in China, and has been cultivated from around 1000 B.C.E. It has a special cultural significance in China, and it is a symbol of protection, luck and abundance. Chinese brides often carry peach blossoms.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the heaviest peach ever grown tipped the scales at 816.46 grams (that’s 1 pound 12 ounces). It was discovered on a farm in Fort Valley Georgia on July 11, 2018.
Learn more about the “World’s Largest Peach Cobbler“, made every year at the Georgia Peach Festival here: World’s Largest Peach Cobbler. Georgia is nicknamed the Peach State because after the Civil War, Georgia farmers were looking for an alternative to planting cotton, and peach production increased in the state.
Some titles honoring National Peach Month from Hoopla can be found here:
Peaches: A Celebration of America’s Sweetest Season by John DeMers
Peaches: A Savor the South Cookbook by Kelly Alexander
The Golden Peaches of Samarkand by Edward H. Schafer
Gettysburg’s Peach Orchard by James A. Hessler
Cover Crops in The Apple, Peach and Fruit Orchard by F. A. Waugh
Peach County, the World’s Peach Paradise by Marilyn Neisler Windham
How to Pick a Peach: A Search for Flavor from Farm to Table by Russ Parsons
Check out these peach flavored fiction titles, available to pick up curbside from our collection or digitally through Overdrive:
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Peach Cobbler Murder by Joanne Fluke
The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen
A Peach of a Murder: A Fresh Baked Mystery by L. J. Washburn
Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown
And if those titles made you hungry, you may be interested in:
The Peach Truck Cookbook by Jessica Rose
Fruit Trees for Every Garden by Orin Martin.
Or check out a peach pie recipe demonstration from the Joy of Baking!
Happy National Peach Month!
Mary Kelly is an adult librarian based in the Austintown unit. She enjoys plant-based cooking and listening to true crime podcasts while she hikes with her dogs. Chances are, she’s probably going to pick a page turning thriller as her next go to read!