How long are peaches good for?
Peaches are popular locally and internationally. Their popularity dates back to antiquity. How could they not be when the fruit is so luscious, creamy, sweet, juicy and just so perfectly yummy?
As with many fruits, the Peach (Prunus Persica) came from China. Archeologists found the oldest peach stones in the Kuahuqiao site in China and say that the Yangtze River valley is where the early peach varieties were most likely cultivated during that ancient time. More research, studies, and evidences show that domestication of peaches started as far back as 6000 BC in the Zhejiang Province of China, and since then has become the favorite fruit of both emperors and the general population.
In China, sending peach gifts means you wish someone youth or immortality as it symbolizes the process of renewal of life. Peaches are associated with protective magic to ward off evil spirits and are considered a talisman of luck.
We are familiar with Georgia peaches since they have long been popular during the summer. But when did these succulent sweet peaches reach the US soil?
Cultivated peaches first came to the Americas in the 16th century – they were brought in by Spanish explorers. Soon these magnificent peaches made their way to England and France were they were considered prized, but rare, expensive treats. Franciscan monks then brought sweet peaches to St. Simmons and Cumberland Island, Georgia during the same period.
It wasn’t until after the Civil War that peach production became commercially important. Georgia farmers had to find another alternative to growing cotton and peaches seemed the best option at the time. Soon after, peaches from Georgia became so popular that Georgia got the name “the Peach State” and peach production and shipments reached 8 million bushels a year by 1928.
When you buy fresh peaches for sale one of the first questions is, “how long are peaches good for?”
The answer to this question is highly dependent on storage conditions. Properly storing peaches in a dry area at normal temperature will ripen the peaches in 1 to 3 days. Once fully ripened, you can place them in a plastic bag and refrigerate. Doing so will prolong the freshness of peaches for 3 to 5 more days.
On the other hand, if you cut peaches, place them in an airtight container then freeze them, you can keep the quality and flavor of peaches for 9 months.
When prepared in a dish, peaches last as long as the quickest expiring ingredient in the dish they are mixed with.