This Is The Most Common Peach Color In The US

We see that peach bellini in your hand — and we propose a toast to the greatest time of the year: peach season. No Fourth of July is complete without the guest of honor, good old Prunus persica. However, peaches are far from a summer delicacy only. A Blackberry Peach Cobbler can be the perfect centerpiece to a Thanksgiving dinner table.

Peaches are truly a treat for all seasons (even if that means freezing them during off months), and this timeless crop has been a timeless favorite. In fact, the ancient origin of the peach stems from the stone age — well, not quite that far back. However, Clemson University says there is recorded evidence of peach farming dating around 500 B.C. The earliest domesticated peaches, it says, were grown in China — which is still the largest peach-producing country in the world today (per World Atlas), followed by Spain, Italy, Greece, and the United States. In 2021 alone, the U.S. produced over 688 thousand tons of peaches, according to data analytics platform Statista. Here's the most common peach color you'll find in the U.S.

Hello, yellow

According to the Agricultural Marketing Resource Center (AMRC), the most common peach flesh color in the U.S. is good old amarillo. The peach's trademark flavor is actually largely due to its color. Per Lane Southern Orchards, yellow peaches have an evenly balanced sweetness and acidity, which are responsible for the fruit's signature tangy bite. White peaches, which are the most popular peach color in Asia, are sweeter than yellow peaches, because they have lower acidity and a higher sugar content.

Not only are yellow peaches delicious, but they're also an aesthetically-pleasing visual kaleidoscope of color. They have a dark red center around the pit, says Taste of Home, and the yellow flesh darkens to a deeper yellow as they ripen and become sweeter. They're practical, too — yellow peaches, it says, are also ideal for canning because they hold their shape well under heat.

Ring up Donovan – they call them Mellow Yellow (quite right, slick). However, peach fans had better put the number on speed dial. According to Florida fruit purveyor Hale Groves, peach season in the U.S. lasts from May until late September, varying by state, but the optimal window for peak ripeness is only between July and August. The time for eating millions of fresh peaches may be short, but the list of ways you can enjoy them is long (and getting longer).