Georgia still calls itself the Peach State.
But the Palmetto State remains the No. 1 peach-growing state in the South.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, South Carolina’s 75,000-ton total last year more than doubled No. 2 Georgia’s 33,300.
And as Jade McDuffie reported in Thursday’s Post and Courier, despite a harshly cold March and heavy rains over the last month, our state of South Carolina peach-production superiority persists.
South Carolina Peach Council executive director Amy Howard London gave this update in that story: “South Carolina is still leading 3-to-1 over Georgia.”
While the weather has made a dent in this year’s crop, Ms. London said the S.C. peaches that have come through it are larger — and sweeter — than usual.
You don’t have to take her word for it. Go to local grocery stores and check out some of those reasonably priced South Carolina peaches.
And as if that state-pride victory doesn’t provide tasty enough bragging rights, the South Carolina Gamecocks are riding a three-season football winning streak over Georgia. That includes a 35-7 blowout of the then-fifth-ranked Bulldogs in Columbia last October.
USC will go for four in a row over Georgia on Sept. 7 in Athens — a week after the Bulldogs open at Clemson.
But regardless of who wins those football games, when these states are pitted against each other in peach competition, we will continue to dominate our neighbors across the Savannah River.