History & Facts


Michigan Peach Sponsors (MPS) is a non-profit, volunteer organization for advancing and promoting the Michigan Peach and Nectarine industries.  MPS represent the Michigan peach industry in legislative issues and works closely with Michigan State University on issues concerning peaches.

Michigan Peach Sponsors develops research and extension priorities to help focus attention and encourage work on problems facing the Michigan Peach and national peach industries.

Michigan Peach Sponsors provides monetary support to projects important to the Michigan Peach industry, with special emphasis on the Michigan State University peach breeding and peach evaluation program. MPS has also been a strong supporter of the Michigan Dept of Ag “Select Michigan” program for promoting Michigan agriculture.

Production Regions
Major commercial peach production regions in Michigan. According to Michigan Department of Agriculture Agricultural Statistics Rotational Survey for 1998.
Peach Pits

Planting Peach Pits

If you take the pit from a peach and plant it, a peach tree may grow. It takes about three years for the tree to begin producing fruit. Remember, the fruit you get may look nothing like the peach the pit came from (you do not look exactly like your parents).  It is interesting to plant pits from white fleshed peaches or from nectarines. Who knows, you may get an interesting new variety!


The Best Way to Pick a Peach

A peach is softer than apples or most other fruit, so it important to pick a peach using the sides of your fingers rather than the tips.  If you use the tips of your finger to hold the peach, then you will put little dents in the peach (left picture).  Using the sides of your fingers is more gentle and less likely to cause bruising.  Grab the peach firmly and pull it straight off the branch as picture in the right picture!


How to tell if a Peach is ripe

As a peach ripens, the part facing the sun gets a reddish blush and the part not exposed to sun (ground color) turns from green to yellow.  The best way to tell if a peach is ripe is by looking for a yellow ground color.  Some varieties will have a slight green color to the background even when it is ready to pick. The peach will also have medium-soft flesh and will smell like a peach.

Nectarine Vs. Peach

Differences between a Peach and a Nectarine

Genetically, there is not much difference between the two!  The main difference is that a peach has fuzz on its skin while a nectarine does not.  Nectarines are a bit more likely to be affected by diseases such as brown rot and bacterial spot.  Many nectarine varieties have a spicy “zing” to their taste. The nectarine is thought to have originated as a mutant of the peach.

The nectarine characteristic is controlled by a single recessive gene. In order for a tree to be a nectarine type, it has to receive the nectarine gene “g” from both parents. The cross between two nectarines will always result in nectarine offspring. Most peaches are homozygous for “G”, the peach characteristic. Two peach varieties that have a single nectarine gene are Autumnglo and Encore.

Melting Flesh Peach

Different Types of Peaches

Any of the major Michigan varieties are recommended for canning and freezing! Melting flesh peaches have flesh that become soft over time when canned whereas Non-melting peaches remain firm after canning.  Did you know some peach varieties are even flat or doughnut shaped?

Michigan Peach Nutrition Facts

Peach Nutrition

Peaches are a tasty treat with modest calories, a good source of potassium, vitamins A & C, low sodium, no saturated fat.  Peaches are a healthful snack and a smart, low calorie way to end a meal.

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs

Calories 70 % Daily Value*
Total Fat 0 Grams 0 %
Saturated Fat 0 Grams 0 %
Cholesterol 0 Grams 0 %
Sodium 0 Grams 0 %
Potassium 331 Milligrams 10 %
Total Carbohydrate 19 Grams 6 %
Dietary Fiber 1 Gram 4 %
Sugars 16 Grams
Protein 1 Gram
Vitamin A 20 %
Vitamin C 20 %