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Celebrate National Peach Month with Peach Tea

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July 15, 2020

Happy National Peach Month! This luscious, velvety fruit has been cultivated and celebrated around the globe for thousands of years. In honor of National Peach Month, we are sharing the best peach teas, history of peaches, and fun peach facts.

Fun Facts About Peaches

  • Peach harvest season in the United States occurs between June and August.
  • Georgia may be the “Peach State,” but its peach production is outranked by California and South Carolina.
  • Peaches belong to the same family as apricots, plums, cherries, and almonds.
  • The world’s largest peach cobbler is made every year in Georgia and measures 11 feet by 5 feet.
  • Peaches can have three different flesh colors: yellow, white, and red. In the United States, yellow is the most common variety of peach.

Celebrate National Peach Month with Peach Tea

  • Ginger Peach Black Tea – This amber infusion was among the first premium teas introduced in 1992 when The Republic of Tea was founded. It remains one of our best-selling teas today and was awarded Outstanding Beverage by the Specialty Food Association.
  • Ginger Peach Green Tea – The lushness of a ripe, juicy peach blend with the tingle of spicy ginger and a fresh green tea base. A delicious infusion that tastes wonderful served hot or over ice.
  • Ginger Peach Chocolate Truffle Black Tea – Fine black tea merges with rooibos, roasted maté, ginger, peach, and chocolate flavors in this celebratory 25th-anniversary tea blend.

We invite every Citizen to celebrate National Peach Month sip by sip with these delicious and flavorful peach teas!

Origins of Peaches

Peaches are harvested from the Prunus persica tree, which originated in China thousands of years ago. Archaeologists believe domestication of the peach tree may have occurred as early as 6000 BC in China’s Zhejiang Province. Fossilized peach stones have been found along the Yangtze River, near the modern-day city of Hangzhou.

Traders carried peaches along the silk road to Persia, where the fruit was widely cultivated. Some historians theorize that Alexander the Great was the first to transport peach seeds to Europe after he conquered Persia in 334 BC. Greece, Italy, Spain, and France were among the earliest European nations to begin cultivating peaches.

British, French, and Spanish colonists sailed across the Atlantic with peach seeds, introducing the fruit to the Americas. The horticulturist George Minifie is credited with planting the first peach trees in the North American colonies during the early 17th century. Commercial peach production in the United States did not begin in earnest for another 100 years and was centered primarily in Maryland, Delaware, Georgia, South Carolina, and Virginia.

Cultural Significance of Peaches

The peach is an ancient fruit that is rich in symbolism. Peaches have appeared in countless myths, folk tales, poems, songs, and paintings across dozens of cultures. In China, the peach tree is considered to be the tree of life and the fruit is a symbol of vitality. Peach blossoms are highly prized in Chinese culture for their ability to ward off evil spirits. During ancient times, doors and gates were adorned with peach wood or blossoms as a form of protection.

In Korea, peaches are seen as the fruit of happiness, longevity, and wealth. They are commonly depicted among the “Ten Symbols of Longevity” in ancient folk paintings. Similarly, the Japanese believe that peaches are associated with the elimination of evil. Momotarō is a beloved hero of Japanese folklore who is said to have been sent from heaven to earth inside a giant peach.

Peaches have also been featured in the works of many influential European artists, including Claude Monet, Van Gogh, Caravaggio, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. The fruit was often used to symbolize themes such as romance, immortality, femininity, and fertility.

Peach tea is the perfect refreshment to sip throughout the summer and into the autumn season. Serve your favorite peach tea hot or over ice, and savor sip by sip!