Do I dare to eat a peach? - T.S. Elliott
On today’s Growing on the High Plains, I’ll wax poetic on the glories of this golden tree-ripened delight. Not those items you buy in the store picked green and shipped hundreds of miles, but those found on a backyard tree or roadside stand.
Peach trees thrive in many North American habitats including the high plains. All they need is cold winter weather and luck in avoiding a late freeze. Their relatively fragile blossoms can't take freezing temperatures.
The trail of the peach begins in China and we have the native-Americans and westward settlers to thank for bringing them to the high plains. Look to local orchards and roadside fruit stands for a delectable late-summer treat.