You may be feeling peachy keen because it’s the first day of Summer. Which would be appropriate, considering June 21 is National Peaches and Cream Day!
I’m glad peaches and cream get their own holiday and everything, but what about Peaches & Herb?! Reunited and it feels so good? Shake your groove thing? Come on, people. Honor the groovy 70s duo!
Anyway. Peaches and cream is the South’s answer to strawberries and cream, which is a British invention. It’s considered a relatively healthy dessert because it is made with fresh fruit chock full of vitamins, though there’s still that pesky thing called “cream” keeping it from being a true dieter’s friend. Peaches, once called Persian apples, originated in China and were a favorite of emperors. As it spread through Europe it became a popular but rare treat. A fresh peach wrapped in a fancy cotton napkin was considered a high-falutin’ dessert back in the day. Peaches were brought to America by Spanish explorers in the 16th century, but commercial production didn’t actually begin until the 19th century in Maryland, Delaware, Georgia, and Virginia.
Like strawberries and cream, the “cream” in peaches and cream is actually whipped. To celebrate the holiday, we sliced a fresh peach (the benefit of having this holiday land on the summer solstice) and topped it with a generous dollop of whipped cream. There are fancier recipes out there, but we had a concert to attend tonight and needed to keep it simple. It was delicious, anyway!