The peach is the fruit from a species of prunus with a sweet flesh and a fuzzy skin. Peaches with white flesh typically are very sweet with little acidity, while yellow-fleshed peaches typically have an acidic tang coupled with sweetness, though this also varies greatly. Both colours often have some red on their skin. Low-acid white-fleshed peaches are the most popular kinds in China, Japan, and neighbouring Asian countries, while Europeans and North Americans have historically favoured the acidic, yellow-fleshed kinds.
Melocotón de Calanda
Melocotón de Calanda is a Spanish DOP peach which is grown in the south-eastern part of the Río Ebro between the provinces of Teruel and Zaragoza in Bajo Aragón. The production of this unique fruit is described in medieval documents.
The expansion of peach production began in the 1950s and used the traditional technique of ‘bagging’ of individual fruit whilst on the tree and by the 1980s the peach trees covered almost 3,000 hectares. ‘Bagging’, which takes place between June and July, involves the covering of the fruit in a paraffin paper bag for a minimum period of nine weeks to protect it from pesticides.
The fruit is fleshy and consistent, and has achieved its reputation for its special size, quality and sweetness. It is has a creamy/straw yellow colour.
What are Nectarines?
The nectarine is a cultivar group of peach that has a smooth, fuzzless skin. Though fuzzy peaches and nectarines are commercially regarded as different fruits, with nectarines often erroneously believed to be a crossbreed between peaches and plums, or a "peach with a plum skin", they belong to the same species as peaches.
How much does one cup of peaches / nectarines weigh?
Estimated US cup to weight equivalents:
|Peaches / nectarines||fresh - peeled/sliced||
|225 grams||8 ounces|
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