Peaches are native to China, mostly likely specific to the Pakistani border where they still grow wild.

The fruit was brought to the New World in the 1500s by Spanish colonists to Latin America. Due to its need for a temperate climate, Canada is very suited to growing peach trees.

The Vineland Growers Co-Operative provides Food Services with their fresh peaches from the Niagara Peninsula.

Semi-Freestone peaches have flesh that partially clings to the pit, and are great for eating fresh. They arrive early in the season.

  • Harrow Diamond
  • Garnet Beauty
  • Early Redhaven

Freestone peaches separate easily from the pit, making them good for both eating fresh and preserving or using in dishes. They are mid- to late-season produce.

  • Redhaven
  • Vivid
  • Loring
  • Harrow Beauty
Peaches are a source of Vitamin C.

1 medium-sized peach is only 37 calories.

Select peaches with somewhat firm, smooth skin.

Avoid greenish peaches, with wrinkles, bruises, or blemishes.

Store at room temperature, out of direct sunlight.

They can be refrigerated for up to 5 days when ripe. Overripe peaches should be used immediately.

Slice or chop to use in salads, pies, ice cream, or jams.

Toss peach slices in lemon juice to prevent browning.

Rinse under cool running water before consuming.

Rub gently with a paper towel to remove fuzz, if desired.

To make peeling easier, immerse in boiling water for 30 to 60 seconds.

Seasonal Availability
July to September

Nutrition per 1 peach (98 g):

Nutrient Value
Calories 38
Protein 1
Carbohydrates 1 g
Total Sugar 8 g
Total Dietary Fibre 1.9 g
Calcium 6 mg
Iron 0.2 mg
Potassium 186 mg
Magnesium 9 mg
Vitamin C 6 mg

Provided by Health Canada