Glass Peach

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Common Names
Glass Peach
Classification
Tree
Description
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.

Ecology

Rarity
Rare (wild), Uncommon (domestic)
Distribution
Sub-tropical 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.

Uses

Cultivation
Orchards of glass peach trees are maintained in regions with a suitable. The attractive flowers make them a popular accent for gardens and parks.
Culinary
Nectar, Preserves, filling for pies and tarts, Served chilled with fresh cream, or eaten directly.
Medicinal
No known medicinal uses.
Other
Cuttings of the floral sprigs are taken in the spring and used to add beauty and sweet fragrance to homes.

Culture

Religious
The glass peach tree is believed to be particularly blessed by the Goddess as a sign of divine touch upon the terrestrial realm.
Artistic
Glassblowers often try to emulate the delicate structure of the petals in some of their art.

Stories

See Also

Stoneborer Beetle