Peach and its History
The peach tree has been cultivated since ancient times in Asia, but with the passage of time it spread around the world. The European history of this beloved stone fruit begun in the era of Alexander the Great, who bought back the knowledge relating to the cultivation of the peach tree from his famous expeditions in the depths of Asia.
The first cultivations found fertile soil in the valley of the flatlands of Imathia in Greece, due to the superlative climate of the area, while they continue to be grown intensively there until today. River Haliacmon’s location also plays a key role, as it crosses the flatland of Imathia and, by having countless miles of irrigation channels, it shapes the ideal conditions for growing peach trees.
In this land, the cultivation of peaches is of vital importance for the people of the countryside, who depend on peaches for their livelihood and progress.
Save for its many culinary delights, peach has been the source of inspiration for some of the greatest European artists, such as Renoir, Monet and Van Gogh.
European peaches are grown nowadays mainly in the Mediterranean countries while more than 190,000 hectares of land are dedicated to their production, putting Europe at the top spot of global peach production.
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