Answer: The Cherokee Indians grew peaches in this region in the mid 1700’s. Commercial shipping (by train) out of the region began in the mid to late 1850’s. Georgia is commonly known as “The Peach State” where the peach was adopted by the state legislature as the state fruit in 1995. South Carolina is commonly known as “The Tastier Peach State” where the peach was adopted by the state legislature as the state fruit in 1984. Peach continues to be a vital fruit crop in the agricultural economy of both states. The primary growing regions enjoy similar soil types and climate and grow many of the same cultivars. However, South Carolina currently produces more peaches annually than the state of Georgia.