Monthly Archives: August 2013

Fuzzy Facts + Stats on the Edible Fruit: the Peach

Sometimes soft and generally fuzzy,  peaches chronicle a compelling back story. Thirteen peach facts highlight the life and times of the edible fruit.

  • There are hundreds of peach varieties throughout the world. Peach supplies grow in America, Italy, China, Argentina, Greece, Spain Australia, Turkey, Mexico and South Africa, as reported in the Encyclopedia of Britannica.
  • Growing from a medium sized tree, peaches are related to the rose family, (Rosaceae), which includes more than 400 species of shrubs and trees.
  • Prior to the 1600s and before the Spanish brought the peach to Mexico, peach trees were grown by aristocrats in China and Europe.
  • The Peach is not a regular member of the bouquet of fruit, carved to resemble a floral arrangement.
  • A nectarine is a smooth skinned peach (without the fuzz).

August is National Peach Month.

  • Peaches have an aversion to climates where temperatures dip below freezing.
  • Although Georgia is referred to as the “peach state,” blueberries are the most lucrative fruit crop in the southern state, indicates reports by the Georgia Blueberry Commission. In 2012, blueberry production outgrew peach produce, three times over.
  • One cup of raw sliced peaches contains approximately 60 calories with 2.3 grams of fiber, as seen at Self Nutrition Data on peaches.
  • The Encyclopedia of Britannica states that yellow fleshed peach varieties such as Elberta, Redhaven and Halford are popular in North America.
peach

The edible fruit, referred to as the peach charts a warm and fuzzy facts.

 

  • Sources at the Georgia Peach Council deem peaches as a good fruit  for  complementing a weight loss plan. The fruit provides a great source of fiber and is low in sodium, saturated fat and cholesterol.
  • In the world and among edible fruits that grow on deciduous trees, the peach follows in third place behind the apple and pear, respectively,
  • Peach cobbler, peaches ‘n’ cream, peach tart, and peach cake embody popular American desserts.

How to pick a ripe peach?

Shop for peaches that are free of scars and soft browning spots. Next., select peaches with a faint sweet fragrance. Because peaches should be consumed within 1-week of purchasing,  pick ones with a golden undertone  (soft but firm).

Top Fresh Fruit Basket Franchises Seed Expansion

Internet traffic reports illustrate a 35 percent spike in the gift and online retailers, including fruit basket franchises. And among the leading contenders, fruit basket shops are cropping up throughout the U.S.  Edible Arrangements, Fruit Flower.com and Provide Commerce sustain growth, online exposure and expansion.

Edible Arrangements
Fresh fruit basket franchise, Edible Arrangements is currently testing a new improved business model with its Edible to Go Franchises. The new Edible to Go locations will be launched in  Louisville, KY, Philadelphia, and Chandler Arizona. Expansion plans on the West Coast are in the works.

Edible Arrangements

Edible to Go locations are sprouting up in the US.

Edible Arrangements stands apart

Labor Day Recipes for Fruit Centerpieces Fresh Fruit Desserts

Labor Day 2013 marks the final summer celebration in the United States. For an outdoor party, two easy Labor Day recipes, involving a fresh fruit centerpiece and favorite baked goods make for easy and fulfilling fresh fruit desserts.

Labor Day Recipe – Homemade Fruit Centerpiece
What’s needed for this Labor Day Recipe?
Fresh fruit selection (pineapple, cantaloupe, peaches, strawberries)
optional Blueberries
Large Decorative bowl
3-skewers (12-inches in length)
3- flower stems (rose, daisy, tiger lily)
1 glass (6-8-inches)
Serving utensils

Among simple Labor Day recipes, the fruit centerpiece is the

fruit centerpieces

Fruit centerpieces make for simple entertaining ideas, especially in Labor Day recipes.