Prunus persica

Juicy, extremely fragrant and very soft when ripe, this is a summer favorite, preferably eaten fresh. In the kitchen, it can be used in salads, preserves, juices, and to make Pessegada, a firm peach and sugar paste that you cut with a knife. Peach poached in sugar syrup is a common dessert item in Brazil, and the industrialized version is often used as an accompaniment to roasted meats. Although the fruit has arrived in the country back in the sixteenth century, commercial cultivation of peaches was only established in the 1970s. Concentrated in the South and Southeast region, the national production does not supply the country’s demand; therefore, Brazil imports peaches from Argentina and Chile.