Peaches were among the first tree fruits to be domesticated as early human societies embraced horticulture, but did you know that they originally came from China ? Although you might see many Maltese fields full of peaches at this time of the year, they are actually a naturalised alien species that was introduced in Malta after year around the 15oos.
Peaches fresh from the tree or in treats like pie, jam and ice cream have been enjoyed by people for a long, long time. But, until now, it was not clear just how long it has been. Recent studies show that from analysis made on well-preserved ancient peach pits, domestication of this sweet fruit back at least 7,500 years to China’s lower Yangtze River Valley in the vicinity of Shanghai.
Try our fresh and delightful Peach and Goat Cheese Bruschetta recipe perfect for summer entertaining.
PEACH AND GOAT CHEESE BRUSCHETTA RECIPE
- 8 slices bread, toasted
- 3 ounces goat cheese
- 8 slices fresh peach
- small bunch of fresh basil leaves
- 1-2 tablespoons good olive oil
- pinches of salt and pepper
- Spread goat cheese on toast.
- Top each with a slice of fresh peach, basil leaves, and a light drizzling of olive oil.
- Salt and pepper to taste.
Every month we feature a fruit or vegetable that is in season, along with a fun fact or recipe idea. We are currently working on a project, Citizen’s CAP, highlighting the importance of citizen involvement in agricultural policy to ensure healthy food and protection of our agricultural land. In a way, this is a continuation of a previous project, AgroKatina, through which we have published a report on the local fruit & vegetable supply chain. Find out more on www.foemalta.org/agrokatina, where you can also order a free copy of the pocket guide to seasonal fruit and veggies.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This article reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
This project is co-financed by the Ministry for Education and Employment (MEDE) and the Parliamentary Secretary for Youth, Sport and Voluntary Organisation.