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Okanagan Peach - Fresh off the Tree and Sweet to the Taste

Written by; Joy Smithers / TCCN Staff Writer
Added on: Mon Jul 13 2009


Okanagan Peaches

The Okanagan Valley is a region of British Columbia in Canada that is particularly known for its peaches. With its sunny landscapes and easy irrigation, this region is ideal for growing these sweet fruits.

Peaches are so prevalent in the Okanagan Valley that there is even a small town known as Peachland. There is also an annual Peachfest in the Okanagan region. The first Peachfest was held in 1947 and today the tradition consists of five days of music, performances, and food.

There are at least half a dozen varieties of peaches in Okanagan including Redhaven, Early Redhaven, Cresthaven, Glowhaven, and O'Henry.

The Early Redhaven's name says everything about this early picker. The Redhaven is also known for its deep red flesh that is quite firm in texture. They are also very juicy and sweet in taste. The Glowhaven also has a dark red flesh and is one of the most popular varieties for freezing.

Meanwhile, the Cresthaven has a deep yellow color and ship quite well. They are also quite popular for canning and preserving.

Then there's the O'Henry, which has a deep yellow skin with an overlay of dark red hue.

In general, peaches are harvested annually in early to mid August when they are fully ripened and obtain a yellow color with red blush.

Okanagan peaches are high in fiber as well as vitamins C and A. They are also good sources of niacin and potassium.

So many peaches grow in the Okanagan Valley that people have come up with creative ways to use the fruit, including making peach pies, peach salsa, and peach preserves.

There are some problems faced by peach growers in the Okanagan Valley, though. One of these is the Peach Twig Borer. This type of caterpillar causes problems for peach growers during the months of June and July. During this time, they feed upon ripening peaches and burrow into the fruit near the stem.

One thing is for sure, if you ever take an Okanagan vacation, you are in for the sweetest time of your life!


Copyright: 2009

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