Another valuable orchard fruit, ripe, juicy peaches are a tasty treat with rich Michigan history. Fresh Michigan peaches are available from early July to mid-September, and processed Michigan peaches are available throughout the year.
Michigan peach facts:
- In 2009, Michigan produced 16,700 tons of peaches valued at more than $12 million
- Most Michigan peaches are grown in the west central to southwest corner, close to Lake Michigan
- Peaches are also grown in the east along Lake St. Clair and in the northwest Grand Rapids area
- The Red Haven Peach, popular throughout the U.S., was introduced in 1940 in South Haven, Michigan
- New Michigan varieties, like the southwest Michigan Flamin’ Fury and Stellar peach series are gaining popularity
- Peaches contain a modest amount of calories
- Peaches are a good source of potassium, vitamin A and vitamin C
- They are low in sodium and contain no saturated fat
- Peaches are a healthy alternative to sweet treats after a meal
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