NATIONAL PEACH PIE DAY
On August National Peach Pie Day is observed annually on August 24th. We celebrate this mouth-watering dessert during the heart of the Peach harvest season. Don’t forget the à la mode!
Generally speaking, there are two types of peaches – freestone and clingstone. The difference is in the way the flesh comes away from the pit in the middle of the peach. When the meat comes away freely from the stone, the peach is a freestone peach; if the flesh clings to it, it’s a clingstone.
While Georgia may be the first state to come to mind when we think of peaches, California actually leads the nation in production. In the United States, 20 states produce peaches commercially. Besides California and Georgia, the other two top producers are South Carolina and New Jersey. Pennsylvania and Washington grow a lot of peaches, too.
Peaches are best enjoyed ripe, juicy, and fresh. However, when that’s not possible, pastry comes to the rescue! The sweet juices of peaches come to life when we add a little sugar and seasonings. Envelope them in a flakey crust and bake for about an hour and the syrupy sweetness clings to the fruit. Add vanilla ice cream for a creamy reminder that summer isn’t quite over. Not yet, anyway.
More Peach Facts
- Georgia is known as the Peach State.
- Peach harvest occurs between June and August.
- Harvest from each peach tree lasts about one week.
- A medium peach weighs 2.6 oz.
- A medium peach typically contains 30 calories, 7 g of carbohydrate, 1 g of protein, 140 mg of potassium, and 8% of the daily value for vitamin C.
HOW TO OBSERVE #PeachPieDay
Make a peach pie to share. Or invite someone to join you for your favorite peach pie at a local restaurant. Be sure to give a shout-out to your baker, too! Please enjoy these Peach Pie recipes:
Use #PeachPieDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL PEACH PIE DAY HISTORY
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Peach Pie FAQ
Q. Should I remove the peach skin to make pie filling?
A. No. The peach’s skin adds color and texture to the pie.
Q. What makes pie filling thick?
A. Most bakers use corn starch to thicken pies. However, other starchy thickeners include tapioca and flour. Alternatively, gelatin or a combination of starches will also thicken a pie.
Q. When are peaches in season?
A. Depending on the variety, the peach season begins in May and runs through September. The harvest peaks in July and August.
Q. How many peaches are in a bushel?
A. Peaches come in different sizes, but on average, about 50 pounds of peaches fill a bushel. That’s equal to about 150 peaches.