Friday Fun Fact: Itโ€™s just peachy!

๐Ÿ‘ Michigan doesnโ€™t have bragging rights to peach production the way some warmer states do, however; Michigan proudly claims honors for a whole host of haven peach varieties developed right here in our state!

๐Ÿ‘ Red Havens have become the most widely planted and longest producing (from late July thru August) freestone peach in the world.

๐Ÿ‘ Thereโ€™s an historical marker in South Haven where they were first grown around 1940 under the direction of Professor Stanley Johnson at Michigan State University's South Haven Experiment.

๐Ÿ‘ The life of a peach tree is about 15 years, and peaches donโ€™t bear fruit during the first two years The trees produce some fruit the third year but bear the most peaches in years 4 to 15.

๐Ÿ‘ The United States grows 978,260 tons of peaches each year. Thatโ€™s 1.9 billion pounds!

๐Ÿ‘ Peaches get their flavor from their variety, not their color.

๐Ÿ‘ Freestone is the most common peach variety (where the pit is easily removed), but other varieties include semi-freestone, white, clingstone and donut.

๐Ÿ‘ Peaches are packed with several major nutrients, including vitamin A (beta-carotene), vitamin C and potassium.

๐Ÿ‘ One medium-sized peach contains just 38 calories. Peaches are an excellent source of fiber, good for blood sugar and naturally fat free.

Sources:
http://www.michmarkers.com (search Haven Peaches)
farmflavor.com