Homegrown Hillsborough: Peaches
May's Harvest: Peaches
When are fresh Hillsborough County peaches available at local groceries and farm stands?
April and May
What varieties of peaches are grown commercially here?
UF Sun, UF One, Tropic Beauty, and others
Where are peaches most commonly grown in Hillsborough County?
Throughout the county, but mainly in south and east Hillsborough
How many acres are planted with peaches?
How many pounds of peaches are harvested?
About 1.6 million pounds.
In 1966, the University of Florida began research to develop a peach that requires less exposure to cold temperatures. Many of the current varieties first were planted in the early 2000s. Florida peaches generally are smaller and sweeter than common varieties.
Hillsborough County is among Florida's largest producers of peaches. The crop is growing in popularity among local growers.