Peach Orchard is an Integrated Horticulture Development Program for commercial deciduous fruit production in Bhutan. Following the guidelines of the Late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck.
A policy by the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck that was also found in his book, “When Planting an Orchard”; The primary objective in agricultural development should be self-sufficiency and maximize wealth using available land. Abandoned lands and other fertile lands should only be utilized for raising fruit and vegetable crops.
Under these guidelines, Bhutan's orchards are generally located on mountain slopes in between the cultivated fields and the forest cover, drylands in the valley bottoms, and along the mountain slope contours.
GELEPHU DISTILLERY - BHUTAN ARMY WELFARE PROJECT
A Bhutanese recipe from The Gelephu Distillery, under the Bhutanese Army Welfare Project.
The Annual Peach Harvest in Bhutan is in the month of June and the varieties range from July Elberta, Floradsun, Nonome Wase, Shimizu, Hakuhou, and Redhaven species in Thimphu, Paro, Punakha, and Samtse
PEACH SPECIES GROWN ACROSS BHUTAN
EARLY ELBERTA (NORTHERN ATMOSPHERE SPECIES)
- Large fruit with slightly red-blushed yellow skin; yellow flesh, slightly bitter flesh.
SHIMIZU (JAPAN WHITE PEACH SPECIES)
- Graceful colour of pinkish milky white. (Queen of Peaches), Splendid blend of soft texture, juice and sweet fragrance.
HAKUHOU (JAPAN WHITE PEACH SPECIES)
- Soft texture, plentiful juice and rice sweetness.
RED HAVEN SPECIES
- Medium fruit with brilliant red over yellow skin; juicy, sweet and fine-grained.
GROWN IN BHUTAN JAPANESE QUALITY
- Appearance: Light Gold Pale Straw
- Natural and pure fruit flavour features the taste of juicy and fully ripe peaches. An impressive sweet and fruitiness on the palate with a lingering aftertaste.
- Alcohol Content 12% - 750mL bottling