August 5, 2019 | Number of The Day
Different types of peaches produced in New Jersey

“Yummy,” “juicy,” and “succulent” are not scientific names for New Jersey peaches, as far as we know, but they should be — something to which anyone who’s ever wiped peach juice from their chin can attest.

As bounteous as the Garden State’s peach harvest is — the state ranked third for the value of its harvest last year (41 million pounds of peaches on 4,100 acres for $46 million) — it’s still hard to credit that growers at 80 peach orchards in New Jersey produce more than 100 different types of peaches. But they do.

This is the height of peach season. On top of that, it’s National Peach Month. So, no excuses, go eat the peaches. Because, you know what they say: Peaches “contain health promoting flavonoid polyphenolic antioxidants including lutein, zeaxanthin and beta-cryptoxanthin.” Let us know if you get to taste all 100 types before the month is over.