Georgia on My Mind! Is it the state? What about the iconic Ray Charles' song? Maybe it is something associated with Georgia. With July being Ice Cream Month (among other things), it is time for another special ice cream day celebration. Um-m-m-m? Is there something about Georgia that goes with ice cream?
A Bit of Peach History...
Peaches have a long and regal history having originated in China where they were cultivated since the early days of Chinese culture. Considered the favorite fruit of emperors, peaches were first mentioned in Chinese writings dating back to the 10th century. From China, the “Persian apple,” the translated Latin name, was introduced to the Romans by the Persians (now Iranians) and later introduced to Europe by Alexander the Great.
In the early 17th century George Minifie, a horticulturist from England, brought the first peaches to the New World colonies, planting them at his estate in Virginia. It was our early American Indian tribes who actually spread the peach tree across our country, taking seeds with them and planting them as they traveled these United States. Commercial cultivation has made them the second biggest fruit crop in the US (after apples).
Peach Ice Cream...the scoop of the day!
On a hot summer day, peach ice cream is a wonderfully cooling dessert! It can be in an ice-cream cone, enjoyed as a sundae, on top of fresh peach slices, or simply as its own dish. Enjoy it with or without sprinkles, sauces or toppings...its delicate flavor is simply enough on its own!
Celebrate Peach Ice Cream Day by making your own in an ice-cream maker. It’s easy to do and you can use big chunks of fresh peach, like the old-fashioned ice-cream used to be. Be generous with your scoop, as well as those that you share with friends today!
Fresh Peach Ice Cream with Vanilla- Scented Peaches