Peaches are widely grown and loved in Texas. There are an estimated one million peach trees planted in Texas, with many commercial orchards, but many more backyard trees. Peaches thrive in Texas climates, although late spring frosts can be a challenge. Choosing an appropriate site for planting peaches is an important decision for growers, as peaches need excellent internal soil drainage and thrive when planted in soils that have a pH between 6 and 7. Peach trees also need an inch of clean water a week. Like all fruit trees, growing peaches is a process and has several phases of growth and development. For more information on the growing process of peach trees, varieties, rootstock selection, orchard establishment, care through the years and more, visit https://agrilifeextension.tamu.edu/library/farming/texas-fruit-and-nut-production-peaches/.
Peaches are low in calories and fat and make an excellent addition to any salad or yogurt parfait, they make a great snack alongside a handful of nuts or seeds, and add a sweet twist to salsas, sauces, jams, or dips. Not only are peaches delicious, but they are also very high in vitamins and minerals and contain many antioxidants.
AgriLife Extension’s Dinner Tonight has great recipes using peaches, like Grilled Peach Sundaes and Slow Cooker Peach Cobbler. For recipes using peaches and other wholesome ingredients, visit dinnertonight.tamu.edu/.
Contact: Dr. Larry Stein