Where would we be without trees? They beautify our streets, produce the air we need to breathe, and even give us some of our favorite flavors.
In honor of Arbor Day on April 26th, we’re taking a closer look at the many foods we get from trees—as well as a few fun ways to celebrate trees across the state. Just read on!
Enjoy fruits from above
We have trees to thank for a wide variety of our favorite fruits—apples, oranges, peaches, mangoes and grapefruits, to name just a few! And of course, the beautiful palm trees that line Florida’s tropical coasts are not just for show. They, too, are responsible for a beloved fruit we can’t get enough of—the coconut. Where would we be without its mild, milky flavor that pairs perfectly with tropical dishes?
The coconut may not be a “traditional” fruit, thanks to its harder outer shell, but it is considered one all the same—so are tree nuts, in fact, such as pecans. We have trees to thank for this sweet, woodsy go-to, which features in some of our favorite holiday dishes and year-round desserts.
To celebrate tree fruit this Arbor Day, try out one of these delicious Peach Valley picks…
Dig into tree-based flavors
Trees are integral to the cooking process in less direct ways, too. For example, we depend on wood for everything from wood-fired pizza ovens (perfect for achieving a crisp crust and subtle smoky flavor) to savory sides like Peach Valley’s Hardwood Smoked Bacon.
Visit Florida’s famous trees
In addition to enjoying these Peach Valley picks, why not use Arbor Day as an opportunity to get out and explore some of Florida’s most famous trees?
In Volusia County, you can check out the famous Fairchild Oak in Bulow Creek State Park. Not only is it one of the largest live oaks in the South, but it has stood tall for more than 400 years—predating America, Florida and life as we know it!
Another amazing (and even older) tree worth a visit? Lady Liberty in Longwood. The bald cypress stands at more than 80 feet tall, and is estimated to be at least 2000 years old!
Of course, you don’t need to travel too far to enjoy one of Florida’s most famous trees, the palm tree. Simply head to your nearest beach and relax under one, feeling the sea breeze gently pass through the broad fronds above. Does it get any better?
Whether you unwind under a shady palm, grow your own mango tree or simply dig into peach, apple and other fresh-from-the-tree flavors here at Peach Valley, we hope you enjoy this Arbor Day to the fullest!