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- Common Names
- Glass Peach
- These trees grow upwards of 5 m and are found in warm, semi-tropical climes, with lightly forested areas. The name glass peach is a reference to the translucent petals of the blossoms of the tree, which resemble stained glass.
- Rare (wild), Uncommon (domestic)
- Subtropical to temperate savanna and light woodlands.
- Life Cycle
- Glass peaches produce many flowers each spring, which develop into fruit.
- The fruit are a yellow-orange colour, and about half the size of a fist, with a light fuzzy texture typical of similar fruit. They contain a hard pit, which protects the embryonic plants from depredation. Also like other plants of a similar species the seed itself contains compounds which give it a bitter taste that, while not toxic, deters consumption.
- Orchards of glass peach trees are maintained in regions with a suitable climate. The attractive flowers make them a popular accent for gardens and parks.
- Nectar, Preserves, filling for pies and tarts, Served chilled with fresh cream, or eaten directly.
- No known medicinal uses.
- Cuttings of the floral sprigs are taken in the spring and used to add beauty and sweet fragrance to homes.
- Glassblowers often try to emulate the delicate structure of the petals in some of their art.
- The glass peach tree is believed to be particularly blessed by the Goddess as a sign of divine touch upon the terrestrial realm.