The noble peach comes from a deciduous tree, native to the region of Northwest China. This tree yields an edible, juicy fruit and China is the leading producer of peaches in the world.
Peaches and nectarines might be the same species, but they are commercially considered to be different fruit. Genetically, nectarines are produced from a recessive allele for fuzzy skin whereas peaches are produced due to a dominant allele for fuzzes on the skin, hence the difference.
Production and top producing countries
China is the leading producer of peach, a deciduous tree native to the region of Northwest China that yields an edible a fruits whose extract contain a significant nutritional value. In 2017 China grew 14 million tonnes of peaches. Spain came in second producing 1.7 million tons followed by Italy with 1.2 million tons.
China is followed by Spain, Italy, Greece, and the United States.