15 June . 2018
Grown in the Hill Country: It’s peach season!
From lavender to grapes, and from pecans to prickly pears, there are several crops that give the Texas Hill Country its unique local flavor.
No local fruit sets mouths watering more than peaches, and the Hill Country Fruit Council has announced that 2018 will be a bountiful year for peach harvests. With many of the region’s 18 peach orchards offering pick-your-own-fruit orchards, it’s a great time to take the family on a quick and easy day trip from Rancho Sienna.
The Hill Country peach season typically starts in mid-May and lasts through mid-August. Peaches ripen by variety, with early varieties such as Spring Gold, Flavorich and Gold Prince available first. Mid-season varieties such as Majestic, Redglobe and Harvester are usually ready in June and early July. Late-season peaches such as Flame Prince, Parade and Big Red offer the last chances to savor this local treat.
Many growers sell a wide assortment of treats alongside the fresh peaches, including cider, ice cream, preserves and cobbler – all peach-flavored, of course. Some have other summer crops such as nectarines, plums and apples.
Here are some fun facts about peaches in Texas and the Hill Country.
- Texas is the 9th largest producer of peaches in the U.S.
- The Hill Country produces about one-third of Texas’ peach crop, with about 4,000 acres of peach trees.
- Peach trees are relatively short-lived, rarely lasting past 30 years.
- Stonewall, located near Fredericksburg, calls itself the Peach Capital of Texas.
- Peaches are believed to have originated in China, migrating to Europe and eventually to North America.
Don’t wait too long to enjoy Hill Country peaches. Like wildflowers, they’re only here for a short time each year.
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