Peaches are the third most popular fruit in the nation, behind apples and oranges, respectively. Farmers' markets, roadside stands, and grocery stores are loaded with blushing, sweet, fragrant, juicy peaches.
This popular fruit has a long history. The Chinese were thought to have domesticated the peach before it spread to Western Europe, where the tree flourished and became a delicacy enjoyed by royalty and the wealthy. The tree was brought to the New World by the Spaniards; some believe that Hernado DeSoto, traveling down the Coosa River in the 1500s, was responsible for bringing peaches to Chilton County. Today, many varieties of peaches have been developed by cross-pollination and grafting. The Elberta peach, one of the most popular and well-known varieties, is considered to have been developed in the South.
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