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Serving Up the Georgia Peach

Updated on April 2, 2013
Georgia peaches are a sweet, juicy and healthy snack.
Georgia peaches are a sweet, juicy and healthy snack. | Source

The Georgia Peach

Growing up in the nation’s peach state, Georgia, I am well acquainted with the luscious, juicy fruit that is a staple during summer months in most households. August is National Peach Month; many blogs, cooking sites, and Facebook pages are honoring the versatile fruit with ample homage.

The tasty, sweet fruit was originally brought to America by settlers of St. Augustine, Florida. Peaches were first brought to the Golden Isles of Georgia by Franciscan monks and cultivated by Native Americans.

Although peaches are grown throughout the state of Georgia, the best known area for the fruit is southern Middle Georgia. Four farms are considered the leading suppliers of the famous Georgia peaches: Dickey Farms, Lane Southern Orchards, Pearson Farms, and Taylor Farms.

I have personally visited Lane Southern Orchard many times in my life and can highly recommend it as a family outing. If you are traveling through Georgia on your way to Florida via I-75 South, stop into Lane’s for a variety of peachy pleasures, delicious sandwiches, and a terrific tour of the orchards. It is worth the detour, I promise.

Peaches are very versatile and can be used in punches, pies, chutney, and cobblers.
Peaches are very versatile and can be used in punches, pies, chutney, and cobblers. | Source

Peach Promise Pledge

Riding the wave of the buy local trend, the Georgia Peach Commission has initiated the “Peach Promise Pledge” campaign. It challenges citizens of Georgia only to purchase peaches that are grown in the state. The campaign kicked off July 15 and has enlisted sports figures, politicians, and celebrities to join the cause. I have taken the pledge and supported the local farmers with my purchases this summer.

In this day, it is wise to know where your food is grown and by who. Consider supporting the farmers within a fifty mile radius of where you live. Visit the farms for yourself and meet the people who grow your food. If you cannot abide by the fifty mile rule, at least buy from farmers in your home state. American family farms are struggling and deserve to be supported and preserved.

Its Good for You

The Georgia peach is highly nutritious and low in calories. A medium peach only contains 38 calories and has a low glycemic load. A fruit having a low glycemic load, plus fiber, will not spike blood sugar levels. This is especially beneficial for diabetics and people like me with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. Peaches are also high in water content, vitamin A and C, and contain plant compounds such as flavonoids, which are shown to fight cancer and heart disease. It is of course more nutritious in its natural form than in pies or cobblers, although summer is not complete without such delights.

Preserving the Bounty

As of this summer, I am a beginning canner. I have become quite obsessed withcanning actually. The opportunity to “put up” Georgia peaches gave me yet another excuse to use my new developed skills. The possibilities for canning peaches are endless: whole fruit, chutneys, jams, preserves, and pie filling just to name a few. So far this summer, in my kitchen, I have canned whole peaches for cobblers and peach preserves.

Canning Peaches

Endless Servings of Delish

Whether you want healthy or decant ways to use peaches, the choices are endless. My family loves cobblers and crisps, but we also eat the fruit in its natural form. Imagine baking a warm peach cobbler on a cold winter’s morning; the smells of fruit and cinnamon wafting through the house.

If you have been eating peaches all your life, attempt a recipe with a new twist. If you’ve never ate one, well, you must give one a try. Here, is a standing invitation to come down to Georgia; we will show you a peach of a good time. Y'all come!


About the Author

Catherine Dean is a freelance writer, gardener, quilter, and blogger. Her professional background includes nonprofit program development, grant writing, and volunteer management. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications from Georgia College & State University.

Her blog, Sowing A Simple Harvest, chronicles a modern couple trying to live a simplistic, sustainable life. To explore Catherine's professional credentials, visit her website. She can also be followed on Google+.

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      Jane Holmes 

      5 years ago

      Now, there's an idea! I could come down and pick my own! Yum!

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      Catherine Dean 

      5 years ago from Milledgeville, Georgia

      Thanks Jane! I sure hope you guys get them back in the stores or you always can visit us in Georgia!

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      Catherine Dean 

      5 years ago from Milledgeville, Georgia

      Thanks Jane! I sure hope you guys get them back in the stores or you always can visit us in Georgia!

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      Jane Holmes 

      5 years ago

      A great hub. We used to buy George Peaches in our local market and can them. They are really the best peaches we have found. Unfortunately, the past couple of years they did not carry the Georgia peaches - had some rather poor ones from CA. I keep telling them they need GEORGIA peaches! We keep looking for them! Keep up the good work!

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      Catherine Dean 

      5 years ago from Milledgeville, Georgia

      Thanks moonlake! There is nothing like a peach right off the tree.

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      moonlake 

      5 years ago from America

      They have such good peaches when we visit Arkansas but here the peaches we can buy in the store doesn't have much taste to them. Enjoyed your hub and voted up.

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      Catherine Dean 

      6 years ago from Milledgeville, Georgia

      Thanks so much!

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      Letitialicious 

      6 years ago from Paris via San Diego

      The famous Georgia peach. Don't think I've had one since I was a tot in the South. Peach punch is a great idea. Voted up!

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      Catherine Dean 

      6 years ago from Milledgeville, Georgia

      We were traveling back several hours one weekend with a car full of peaches and the smell was pure summer. Thanks for such a wonderful comment and loving the Georgia peach!

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      Cynthia B Turner 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      This is great. The Georgia peach is the best. Next would be South Carolina peaches. There's really no need to buy peaches unless they come from Georgia. There's nothing like that juice dripping through your fingers when you bite into one that is ripe and sweet. You're right, though, they are smaller this year, but still there. Let's not forget the smell when you have a basket (or even just a couple) sitting in the house. OMG. There's no air freshener that can touch that smell. Wonderful piece. Voted up and delicious. Oops! No delicious button.

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      Catherine Dean 

      6 years ago from Milledgeville, Georgia

      Thank you for commenting Joseph. Peaches do make a wonderful gift, especially for those that cannot go out and get some for themselves. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Joseph Dean 

      6 years ago from Macon, Georgia

      Being from Georgia myself, I can fully agree with all the references made here by"mvillecat" regarding our state fruit, the peach. Working at Georgia War Veterans Home, I'm in contact with so many Veterans from this wonderful state. Many of the Veterans' family members will often bring gifts for the staff and the other Veterans within the home. The number one gift that I would always look forward to receiving would be the large baskets of fresh peaches that a sweet family would bring to the home from Byron, Georgia. I miss seeing that family showing up with their pick-up truck loaded down with those sweet, juicy treats.

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      Catherine Dean 

      6 years ago from Milledgeville, Georgia

      Thanks Fiddleman! The peaches have been extra small this year due to the warm winter we had. They are still very sweet and good. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      Fiddleman 

      6 years ago

      Great hub and the Georgia peaches are the best. My wife made a pie a few weeks ago and it was soo gooood. I don't know which variety it was, kinda small but big on taste.

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