National Eat a Peach Day is a holiday that celebrates the delicious and healthy fruit, peaches. It is celebrated on August 22nd. Peaches not only have a great taste and delicate aroma, but they are also a source of many vitamins, microelements, and organic acids. They increase hemoglobin, strengthen the immune system, and are beneficial for the nervous system and eyes. Peaches are also low in calories (89% water) and are a nutritious fruit that helps you feel full.
It is not known who created National Eat a Peach Day and when, but it may be associated with the peach harvest in the United States, which typically happens at the end of August or early September.
Here are some interesting facts about peaches:
- The largest producer of peaches in the world is their native country, China. Spain, Italy, and the United States are next in the ranking.
- Peaches were brought to America in the 16th century by Spanish sailors, and by the 19th century, they were grown in both North and South America. There is evidence that peaches were grown at Thomas Jefferson’s famous Monticello estate.
- In the United States, most peaches are grown in California and South Carolina, but Georgia is known as the “peach state”. The capital of Georgia, Atlanta, is believed to have originated from the Cherokee Indian settlement, “Standing Peach Tree”. During the celebration of the New Year in Atlanta, a giant crystal peach weighing 400 kg arrives at the main city square, much like how a giant crystal apple descends in New York’s Times Square during New Year’s Eve celebrations. Also, an annual “World’s Largest Peach Pie” is made in Georgia, measuring 11 feet by 5 feet in size.
How to take part
Celebrating National Eat a Peach Day is a delightful experience, you can try different varieties of peaches, make a variety of desserts with peaches like pastries, jams, fruit salads, and drinks. Add peach chunks to ice cream or make a peach milkshake for your family or group of friends. Share pictures and videos of your peach culinary creations on social media using the hashtag #NationalEatAPeachDay and tell others about the holiday.
When is National Eat a Peach Day celebrated in 2023?
National Eat a Peach Day is observed on August 22 each year.