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Peach Tree Story

A peach tree is one of the most rewarding fruit trees to plant. The peach tree crop can be used for numerous succulent desserts and they freeze very well to enjoy in the off season.

Peaches have been around since ancient times as they were mentioned in Chinese writings in the tenth century B.C. They were a favorite fruit of emperors. The Persians got the fruit from the Chinese and it was passed on to the ‘Romans. Indian tribes in the United States are credited with planting seeds and trees in the U.S. Thomas Jefferson had peach trees planted at Monticello.

Peach trees are grown in 38 different states, but do not do well in those states further north. Of course, Georgia peaches probably get the most notoriety.

Peaches Ready to Pick

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How to Grow Your Own Peach Trees

The best time to plant a peach tree is in the dormant period (winter or early spring). The trees need full sun and do not require much care. Of course, if you wan to maximize its yield, there a few wise steps to take before planting. Prepare the soil considering the long term needs of a tree, which means testing the soil for to make sure the pH is roughly 6.5. Since most soil is acidic, adding lime will balance out this problem. It is best to work the lime into a 10’ by 10’ area as it takes lime years to leach down into the deeper levels of the soil.

Next, dig a hole that is 3’ wide by 3’ feet deep giving the roots a good area to spread out. Inspect the roots for damage and soak the root for 10 to 12 hours before planting. Make sure the roots are covered with a minimum of 2 inches of soil when you are finished. After you fill in the hole, tap down the dirt to remove any air pockets. Water the tree thoroughly. Organic material will help the tree retain moisture, which can be organic compost, peat moss or manure. Peach trees ideally will be 8-10 feet high and 12-15 feet wide.

Fertilize twice annually with a 10-10-10 product. Prune your tree in the spring as necessary. A “V” shape is the most productive as light can reach the inner branches. The peak crop will occur usually by the third year. Peach trees may be grown in numerous southern states in the United States. Checking with your local agriculture center can give you additional information.

Peach Trees - Spring Blooms

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Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: 8 Servings

Peaches Read for Topping

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Serving of Peach Cobbler

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Ingredients

  • 6 medium peaches, sliced
  • 6 1/3 Tbsp. Truvia or Stervia, May use sugar if preferred
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powde
  • 3 Tbsp. reduced fat margarine, I used Olio
  • 1/2 cup nonfat milk

Finished Peach Coblerr

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Instructions

  1. Use a pan of boiling water and drop peaches in for about a minute to easily peel off skin. You can just peel the skin with a knife if you so choose before slicing peaches.
  2. In a large saucepan, combine sliced peaches, 1/3 cup of sugar (5 1/3 tbsp.), cornstarch, lemon juice and cinnamon. Toss to coat peaches.
  3. Set pan on medium heat and bring mixture to a boil. Let boil for 1 minute until mixture thickens.
  4. Remove from heat and pour into a 8" times 8" square pan.
  5. Use a medium size bowl to make topping. Combine flour, remaining sugar, baking powder and salt. Work in the margarine until you have a granular mixture. Add milk and stir until flour mixture is evenly moist.
  6. Drop 8 tablespoons of topping mixture unto peaches. Put into the hot oven.

Nutritional Values if Using Sugar

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: One eighth of pan
Calories 173
Calories from Fat27
% Daily Value *
Fat 3 g5%
Saturated fat 1 g5%
Carbohydrates 34 g11%
Sugar 15 g
Fiber 2 g8%
Protein 3 g6%
Cholesterol 4 mg1%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Low Fat Fresh Peach Cobbler

5 stars from 2 ratings of Peach Cobbler

Fresh Peach Desserts

Fresh peaches work well in many desserts. Please rate my low fat peach cobbler.

Peach ice cream is delicious. Try making a fresh peach milkshake using low fat ice cream. There are so many recipes for pies or cobblers, and peaches can also be found in salsas and in various barbecue recipes.

Peach -Old Fashioned & Homemade with A Buttery Pie Crust Recipe

In Summary

If you are interested in growing a peach tree, the method sounds like a lot of work, but not so much when you realize a peach tree lives about 50 years. It is well worth the effort to have this delicious fruit available each summer.

I hope you enjoy the low fat cobbler. It was delicious and even on Weight Watches it is only 4 points, which is low for a dessert. We found the truvia to work well, but if you prefer sugar it is still a low calorie dessert. It would probably be very good warm with a scoop of ice cream!

© 2012 Pamela Oglesby

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

We do have peach trees in western Washington but they are not prolific in their bounty. Loved the hub but then I love peaches, so go figure! Great job Pam!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

A delicious Hub, Pam...The picture of the orchard is so gorgeous.....How wonderful it would be to have such beautiful trees on your property.....and the food pics have my stomach gowling and mouth watering........

I love fresh peaches......could never get a taste for canned. But any dessert made with peaches is fine with me & WHIPPED cream.... I have a son who lives just outside Atlanta Georgia....do they have peaches or do they have peaches!!

These recipe's are toooo YUMMY-looking Thank you! UP++++


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Now is the time of year to make use of those wonderful Georgia peaches. I do love a good peach cobbler with a cup of coffee. Yours looks so wonderfully good. Pamela, I believe I even have that same dish and maybe that will make mine looks just as yummy. Thanks for the history lesson and recipe.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

billy, I didn't think there were many peach trees that far north but we buy ours at the market anyway. Thanks for your comments.

fpherj, I have a son who lives in Atlanta also. I don't have a peach tree but would love one. I think FL might be too hot. We have an orange and a grapefruit tree, so Christmas we have a lot of good fruit. I agree that fresh peaches are so much better than canned. We get them from the market.

Dianna, I would love a cup of coffee with my peach cobbler also. I was happy with this recipe as it was one I had but made a few changes to lighten the calories. Hope you enjoy it. I appreciate your comments.


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Have you been to the county in which I live? Ha. We have acres and acres of peach orchards and the town even has its vey own giant peach water tower! LOL Anyway, I live in peach country for sure, and I just love seeing the peach orchards in bloom every year, and I love peach cobbler even more. My husband always tells me he want to plant a peach tree, but since we have all the orchards around here, I don't know why he wants his very own tree. I thought it would need me than one tree to grow properly, but maybe not. Thanks for the recipe. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

My neighbor and her tree... We, the neighborhood, can't believe how many sweet peaches one tree can yield. Thank you for the recipes.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

Faith Reaper, From my research I found that you can only grow one tree most of the time but you would probably want to buy your tree someone that can assure you that you have the right variety. So often it does take 2 trees to get a harvest. I think most of he southern states have plenty of peach trees and it's nice that you live in such an area. Thanks so much for your comments.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

MHatter, I have heard over the years once they are full grown that the number of peaches is wonderful. Thank you so much for your comments.


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Roberta99 4 years ago

I don't plan to plant a tree but the information was interesting. The cobbler looks delicious and I would love to try the recipe. Thank you.


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breakfastpop 4 years ago

I love peaches and your recipe sounds yummy. As for the peach tree, I have decided to continue to let the orchard a few short minutes from my house grow them for me!


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

I hope you enjoy the recipe. Thank you so much for your comments.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

Patty, It is very convenient to have orchards nearby. I appreciate your comments.


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breakfastpop 4 years ago

I love it. I have 2 just seconds way and we pick apples, peaches and strawberries all the time. The baked goods are also sensational.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

I would love to have that many orchards near. I do have blueberries near by and you can pick them quite easily. I keep a supply in the freezer for the winter months. Fresh fruits make the best baked goods in my opinion. Thanks for the comments.


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

This took me back to my mom's baking days. She used to have Georgia peaches flown up so she could make a peach pie for my dad. Yeah, it was expensive, but it sure did make Dad happy...well, except for the year that we took it on a picnic and a bear wandered into the picnic area and stole the pie. :)

Loved all the information from the history, to growing your own tree to making yummy deserts. Great job, Pamela!


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FullOfLoveSites 4 years ago from United States

The cobbler looks really beautiful, I will have that along with black coffee.... Now all of a sudden I am craving for a cobbler or a pie.

How lucky one is to have a peach orchard like that.

Thanks for posting the beautiful hub! :)


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

Terrye, I'm glad you have those fond memories. I wouldn't have been too happy about that bear! Thank your so much for your comments.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

FullOfLoveSites, I love peach cobbler and even fresh peaches, but we aren't that close to an orchard unfortunately. Thanks so much for your comments.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

I would love a peach tree, but I don't think I could grow one in the UK.

The peach cobbler sounds delicious, the peach is one of my favourite fruit, thank you for this fabulous hub and voted up.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

Lesley, I don't know if any peach trees are grown in England. I hope you will get a chance to make the peach cobbler and I appreciate your comments.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

What a wonderful hub Pamela and I am saving in my ever expanding recipe book.

Take care and enjoy your weekend

Eddy.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

Eddy, My recipe is expanding also as so many good recipes have been published lately. Thanks for your comments. I hope you enjoy your weekend also. Hugs. Pam


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

Wow peach tree blossoms looks so magnificent. I wonder if I'll ever see like these on my lifetime?

also thumbs up to this great fresh peach recipes.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

Spy, You are young, so I would put it in my bucket list! I appreciate your comments.


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Interesting read! We've never grown peaches, but of course we love all of the wonderful recipes they are used in. I just recently heard of a variety of peach that growers are using in Central Florida--amazing! UF One developed at the University of Florida, I think.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

RTalloni, I need to check into that as we live in northern FL and I thought it was too hot here for peaches. We do have an orange and grapefruit tree. Thanks for your comments.


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida

Ok, Pamela

So I wanted to dive into the screen and have some of the luscious cobbler. Peaches are the best. This year I have found some really tasty, juicy ones. I would love to have a tree or two or three so I could just walk out and pick them. So glad you shared this...ps


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

pstraubie, I love peaches also. I'm glad you like the hub and I appreciate your comments.


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Roberta99 4 years ago

We all love peaches at my home and your cobbler sounds delicious. I am copying the recipe. Thank you. Up and useful.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

Roberta, I hope you enjoy the cobbler. I appreciate your comments.


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Lady_E 3 years ago from London, UK

Thanks for sharing the Recipe's. I particularly like the Pie. It will make a change from all the Apple pie I eat.


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Lady E, I esspecially enjoy peaches when the season arrives, but I am a die hard apple pie fan also. Thank you for your comments.

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