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    Peaches are stone fruits which come from the tree of the same name. Many people associate peaches with summer, since they come into season in May and are often available as late as October. The tender, flavorful fruits are popular on their own, and also in things like pies, preserves, and fruit salad. Most greengrocers and stores carry peaches in season, because their popularity leads to high consumer demand, and peaches are also available in canned form year round. The peach tree appears to be native to China, where it has been cultivated for centuries. When the fruits were initially introduced to Europe, the Greeks thought that they originated in Persia, naming them persica after their word for “Persia.” The misnomer lives on in the scientific name for peaches, Prunus persica.