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The ‘Straight Fuzz’ about California Cling Peaches!

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Peach History

  • The peach belongs to the rose family
  • China is the original home of the peach tree
  • California gold miners were the first to commercially farm Cling Peaches
  • There are two categories of peach, Clingstone and Freestone, distinguished by the ease with which the edible area pulls away from the stone (pit)

California Cling Peach Industry

  • California Cling Peaches are the variety most commonly used for commercial canning as they are exceptional in their ability to retain their flavour and consistency
  • Almost all Cling Peaches are processed and rarely found fresh
  • In 2001 California harvested 470,000 U.S. tons (426,376 metric tons) of Cling Peaches
  • Butte, Fresno, Kings, Madera, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tulare and Yuba counties produce most of the state’s Cling Peaches
  • California’s climate provides an ideal setting for peach trees, which require a chilling season followed by warmer days combined with rich soil and adequate water to produce the most flavourful fruit
  • Pruning is usually done in winter and thinning in spring to deliver the premium-sized fruit at harvest
  • Harvest commences at the end of June in the San Joaquin Valley to the south and comes to an end after Labour Day in the Sacramento Valley to the north
  • Peach trees are usually planted with a minimum density of 121 trees per acre (49 trees per hectare,) their leaves nearly touching
  • Each acre produces an average of 18 tons of Cling Peaches per year (7.3 tons per hectare)
  • The California Cling Peach Board was established to promote California Cling Peaches domestically and internationally through the use of industry standards, education, research and innovation
  • If you’re interested in additional industry information, please visit our Cal Cling Peach Industry section

The Canned Advantage

  • Results of several nutrition studies show that canned fruit are as nutritious as their fresh and frozen counterparts
  • Canneries operate seven days a week throughout the harvest so that the fruit retains all its nutritional value and flavour
  • In most cases, peaches are canned within 24 hours of delivery to the processing plant, which insures that the peaches maintain nutritional value and flavour
  • Canned peaches retain vitamins A and C throughout their canned life
  • Most canned peaches have a shelf life of two years
  • Cling Peaches are processed in one of four ways-sliced, halved, diced or added to fruit cocktail and mixed fruit
  • For more tips and serving ideas, visit the “Versatile Canned Peach” in the Peach Tips section

Nutrition & Flavour

  • They contain vitamin C, a dietary antioxidant, which protects against free radicals and helps build teeth, bones, cartilage and gums.
  • They contain vitamin A, which helps build strong bones and teeth, supports night vision and also supports healthy skin.
  • Sweet, juicy and ready to eat, canned California peaches are a Canadian family favourite
  • Visit our Nutrition & Health section for more information