The peach is the fruit of a tree belonging to the Priunus family. It opens its blossoms, which are rose-colored, early in the spring before the leaves appear. The trees grow from eight to twenty feet high, and have lanceolate leaves. The fruit grows from one to three inches in diameter, having a yellow, white, or reddish skin covered with a thick woolly down. The fruit is juicy and highly flavored. It has seven per cent. of albumen, four and five-tenths per cent. of sugar, nine per cent. of acids, and seven per cent. of salts; so it has not a very high nutritive value.