Why In The World Are Peaches Fuzzy, Anyway?
KENNESAW, Ga. (Sep 7, 2016) — If you’ve never been a fan of the fuzz on peaches, you should know its existence is intentional. While the fuzz isn’t meant to deter us humans from eating the fruit, it is a type of protection for the peach.
While no one knows exactly what the peach fuzz does, it’s believed that the fuzz acts as a defense mechanism to protect a peach’s delicate skin from excess moisture which can cause premature rot. The latest from the series How Does It Grow explains it in the video above.
Some also believe that the fuzz can act as an irritant to certain insects. Tom Okie, assistant professor of history at Kennesaw State University in Georgia, writes that the fuzz is thought to keep the plum curculio from laying their eggs in the flesh. If you’ve ever been overwhelmed by the fuzz on the peaches found at a farmers market, you can see how this theory could hold true (though it should be noted that peaches are still susceptible to some bugs). ...
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