“The peach (Prun­us per­sica) is a decidu­ous tree nat­ive to the region of North­w­est China, where it was first domest­ic­ated and cul­tiv­ated. The name per­sica refers to its wide­spread cul­tiv­a­tion in Per­sia (mod­ern-day Iran), from where it was trans­planted to Europe… The peach is clas­si­fied with the almond in the sub­genus Amy­g­dalus… Due to their close related­ness, the ker­nel of a peach stone tastes remark­ably sim­il­ar to almond…”


WIki­pe­dia, Peach

“Known as ‘tao,’ the peach is the most sac­red plant of the Chinese Taoists, and is con­sidered a magic fruit and a sym­bol of immor­tal­ity, reflec­ted in the “Peach Blos­som Spring,” an essay by a Chinese poet dur­ing the 4th cen­tury BCE.”


“In Chinese myth­o­logy, Peaches of Immor­tal­ity (Chinese: 仙桃; piny­in: xiāntáo) are con­sumed by the immor­tals due to their mys­tic vir­tue of con­fer­ring longev­ity on all who eat them. Peaches sym­bol­iz­ing immortality.”


Wiki­pe­dia, Peaches of Immortality

“In inter­pret­ing the Greek skitaloi (“lewd fel­lows,” “lech­ers,” or “las­ci­vi­ous ones”), Hesychi­us uses the phrase aph­rod­isiōn kai tēs prouniki­astēs nyk­ter­inēs. This is most inter­est­ing for aph­rod­isiōn means some­thing belong­ing to the god­dess of love — we recall that Aph­rod­ite was a euphem­ism for sexu­al inter­course. Nec­tar­ines are, of course, peaches, and peaches… were sac­red to the god­dess Isis and the peach-tree branch to her son Har­pokrates, pat­ron of mys­tic­al secrets in Egypt and elsewhere.”


“[Plut­arch] tells us about the Greco-Egyp­tian fig­ure Har­po­crates (or the infant Horos, son of Isis and Osiris): “by this infant god the Egyp­tians rep­res­en­ted the first shoot­ing up or bud­ding forth of suc­cu­lent plants.… The bud, or open­ing blos­som of the peach tree, was also in a pecu­li­ar man­ner sac­red to Harpocrates.”


Har­po­crates was the Greek-Egyp­tian God of silence. Sac­red to him were first fruits of veget­ables, len­tils, and, above all, the peach tree. His moth­er was Isis, of course, and we may note that in the Valentini­an Pler­oma, the prim­al Moth­er, the First Thought of the incom­pre­hens­ible Bythos, is called Sig., ‘silence.’ As the Nag Ham­madi text Eugnos­tos the Blessed relates: “Sophia, his con­sort, who was called ‘Silence,’ because in reflect­ing without a word she per­fec­ted her Greatness.”


Tobi­as ChurtonGnostic Mys­ter­ies of Sex: Sophia the Wild One and Erot­ic Chris­tian­ity.

The boy is born from the peach — illus­tra­tion c. 1889, second edi­tion crepe-paper reprint of Momotaro, or The Little Peachling.

Bee pol­lin­at­ing a peach flower