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Peach war gets juicy: Georgia, SC spar over who grows more

July 5, 2018

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — It might be one of the sweetest battles on record, but the peach war is really starting to get juicy.

Georgia is officially known as the Peach State, boasting bountiful harvests of the succulent, fuzzy fruits. But earlier this week, the South Carolina Department of Agriculture took to Twitter to point out that the Palmetto State actually produces three times as many peaches as the official Peach State.

That spawned a good-natured online back-and-forth between the neighboring states, with Georgia’s Department of Agriculture tweeting that its fruits are “3 X SWEETER.”

The South Carolina Agriculture Department has said the state’s peach crop is usually valued at $90 million annually. Officials in Georgia have estimated that a good peach crop there is worth about $50 million.

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