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Yup, It's A Sweeter Peach This Season

By Catherine M. Welch

Wilmington, NC – If North Carolina peaches taste sweeter this summer, state agriculture officials say you can thank the cold temperatures this past winter for the sweeter peach.

The months of cold weather this past winter helped elicit more blooms. Department of Agriculture Spokesperson Kevin Hardison says since there were no early spring cold snaps, those blooms became peaches that are especially sweet.

"We've had these hot days which have really concentrated the juices in the peach, cause them to be a lot sweeter than in the past. So you might have not a very large peach but you may have a very good sized and well defined peach and it tastes so very sweet."

Most North Carolina peach growers are in the Sandhills region, producing more than 70 different varieties of peach. July is the peak of North Carolina's peach season, which spans from May to early September.

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