Georgia is recognized as the peach state because it produces high-quality peach fruits that are superior in every aspect compared to other states; the texture, quality, flavor, appearance and even nutritional content are top of the line.
Georgia Peach Fun Facts
Georgia peaches are a product of history, not just a crop but a cultural icon.
- This succulent fruit originated from China and was first introduced to North America by Spanish monks in mid-1500s.
- The first peach tree in Georgia was planted in 1571 on St. Simons and Cumberland Islands located along Georgia?s coast.
- In the mid 17th to 18th century, Indian Cherokees cultivated peaches in Georgia.
- The first man to ever successfully sell Georgia peaches outside the South was Raphael Moses who is a planter and Confederate officer from Columbus.
- Peach production and industry exploded after the Civil War when people were looking for crop alternatives to cotton.
How to make Georgia Peach Ice Cream
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Ready In: 2-4 hours
- 6 eggs, beaten
- 3 1/2 cups white sugar
- 10 fresh Hale Georgia Peaches, pitted and chopped
- 4 cups heavy cream
- 2 cups half-and-half
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- Using a large bowl, whisk eggs and sugar together until smooth; puree peaches in food processor or blender. Once done, stir 5 cups of puree into egg mixture. Add in cream, half-and-half, vanilla and salt. Mix well.
- Pour mixture into ice cream maker or freezer canister following manufacturer?s instructions.
- Serve once frozen.