Peaches are grown in several states. While Georgia claims that it has the tastiest fruit, California can factually claim that it grows the greatest percentage of peaches: Over 60 percent of the national crop hails from California.
INGREDIENTS | YIELD: 1 QUART
- 2 cups fresh peaches
- Juice of 1 lemon
- ¾ cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- ⅓ cup heavy cream
Peel, pit, and chop the peaches. Drizzle with the lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of the sugar. Cover and set aside while making the syrup.
Place the remaining sugar and water in a small saucepan; stir over medium heat until all of the sugar is dissolved. Allow to cool.
Place the peach mixture in a food processor, and purée until smooth. Press through a strainer, if desired. Stir into the sugar syrup.
In a separate bowl, whip the cream to stiff peaks, then fold into the peach mixture.
Add to ice cream maker and follow manufacturer's instructions for freezing.
The places that are suitable for peach trees to thrive in are fairly limited, as these trees are somewhat fickle. They require a chilling winter period, and a hot summer to mature the ripening plants. Southern states, such as the Carolinas and Georgia, have ideal climates for peaches due to their distinctive seasons.