Did you know that South Carolina should be the real Peach State? We produce more peaches than any state in the Southeast. Second, only to California, the Palmetto State is a major producer of peaches in the United States growing over 30 different varieties including the Blaze Prince, Big Red, and Summer Gold.
Peach season runs from May through August. From farm stands to grocery stores, during this time the juicy fruit can be found on the shelves around the state.
So how do you pick out the perfect peach? According to the South Carolina Peach Council, look for skin that has a soft, yellowish hue; any green areas indicate the peach is not yet ripe. You want to choose a peach that is “firm-ripe,” that is, one that is firm, but gives slightly when you gently press it.
The Peach was designated as the official State Fruit by the General Assembly by Act Number 360 of 1984.
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