What am I?
I'm fuzzy and sweet. I'm also finicky, which means I like things a certain way. My tree needs a mild winter - not too warm and not too cold. I like the perfect amount of sun, and if my tree is not pruned (cut back), I won't grow sweet fruit.
I am native to Asia, but my desired fruit was transported across the world by Spanish explorers.
Where I grow
I grow on trees. Unlike many fruit trees, I don't live very long. My tree lives between 8-25 years.
In the spring, my bright pink flowers bloom. The wind pollinates the flowers, and then my fruit can grow. Except, if all the flowers turned into fruit, my tree wouldn't be able to support them! So farmers hand-pick flowers off my branches.
After I'm picked
Farmers hand pick me when my skin has no yellow or green. Once I'm picked, set me on the counter, or if I need to soften, put me in a brown paper bag. If I'm put in the fridge, I will dry out and lose flavor. My fuzzy skin protects me and locks in moisture, which makes me more juicy. That's why you should only wash me right before you're ready to eat my fruit. I can also be baked, canned, and even grilled!
Did you guess... Peach
Peaches are sweet and juicy stone fruits. Stone fruits have a pit in the middle. Did you know a nectarine is just a peach without fuzz?
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