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Bleckley Native Shares Peach Recipe
Bleckley Native Shares Peach Recipe

Georgia has long been known as the “Peach State.” In fact, Georgia received this designation during the three decades following the Civil War when peaches began being shipped and sold outside of the South. Franciscan monks first introduced them to St. Simons and Cumberland Islands along the coast in 1571. By the 1700’s, peaches were being cultivated by the Cherokee Indians. Peaches began being marketed in Georgia in the mid-1800s and soon thereafter were being sold and shipped to other states. Georgia now grows over 40 commercial varieties of peaches and produces 2.6 million bushes annually.

The abundance of this delicious fruit in the Middle Georgia area means it is a favorite ingredient in many recipes of Southern cooks. During the kick-off of Bleckley County’s Centennial Celebration on May 12, I had the good fortune of purchasing a “Peaches and Cream” pie made by Mrs. Debra Johnson. Her pie won First Place in the fruit category of the pie cook-off, which was one of the many activities held at the event. After tasting her pie, I could certainly understand why it came out on top! It is a wonderful, light summer dessert. The pie’s crust is made with pudding mix, which gives it a very unique taste and texture. It is then layered with peaches and a light cream cheese mixture and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. Just heavenly! I thank Mrs. Johnson for sharing her recipe for all of us to enjoy.

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