The scientific name for the domestic peach is ‘prunus persica’. The name ‘prunus’ is a genus that includes some of the beloved tress and shrubs such as plums, apricots, and peaches which contain a large nut inside its core. Most stone fruits are indigenous to warm climates and produce fruit from June through to September. Peaches were originally cultivated in China some 4000 years ago and were later introduced into India and Persia (now Iran), then Japan and Europe. Both South Carolina and Georgia declared the peach as their official fruit. The Chinese considered the peach as a sign of long life and immortality. Apricots on the other hand, whilst originating in mainland Asia, were introduced into Europe where hardier strains were developed. The apricot is generally sweet aromatic and flavorful – a perfect partner for the peach – hence this wonderful tea.
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