How to treat yourself to a tree-ripened peach!

delicious peach

Local peaches are juicy and tasty! Juice can be sticky!

Tree-ripened peaches are fragile:

The earliest peaches are clingstone. They are yummy, but small, and be careful of the pit! It splits! Don’t bite it!

How to peel fresh peaches:

 

Watch this video on "How To Pick a Peach"

 

Peach Varieties:

Table 1. Characteristics of Selected Peach and Nectarine Varieties in North Carolina

 

Variety

Freestone or Clingstone (Cs)

Browning Tendency

Maturity Season

Comments

Derby

Cs

Low

Early

N.C. variety; medium to large fruit.

Candor

Cs

Very low

Early

N.C. variety; medium-size fruit.

Dixired

Cs

Low

Early to mid

Late-blooming variety.

Surecrop

Semi-Cs

Moderate

Mid

Late-blooming variety.

Pekin

Semi-Cs

Low

Mid

N.C. variety; medium-size fruit.

Reliance

Semi-Cs

Low

Mid

Late-blooming variety; poor quality, soft flesh.

Redhaven

Semi-Cs

Low

Mid

Industry standard; recommended for freezing.

Clayton

Semi-Cs

Very low

Mid

N.C. variety; small-size fruit, excellent flavor.

Norman

Fs

Very low

Mid

N.C. variety; medium to large fruit; good for canning and freezing.

Carolina Belle

Fs

Very high

Mid

N.C. white-fleshed variety, large fruit.

Raritan Rose

Fs

---

Mid

White variety; softens rapidly.

Topaz

Fs

Low

Mid

Recommended for canning and freezing; flower buds are cold sensitive.

SungloN

Fs

Very High

Mid

Nectarine; susceptible to bacterial spot.

Nectar

Fs

---

Mid

White peach variety; late blooming.

Winblo

Fs

Very low

Mid

N.C. variety; medium to large fruit; good for canning and freezing.

RedgoldN

Fs

Low

Mid

Nectarine; susceptible to bacterial spot.

Ellerbe

Fs

Low

Mid

N.C. variety; medium to large fruit; good for canning and freezing.

Contender

Fs

Low

Mid

N.C. variety; large fruit size; very cold tolerant.

Summer Pearl

Fs

---

Mid to late

White variety; very susceptible to bacterial spot; high quality.

Biscoe

Fs

High

Mid to late

N.C. variety; large, high-quality fruit; recommended for canning.

Belle of Georgia

Fs

---

Mid to late

White variety; freezes well; popular for local markets.

Elberta

Fs

Very high

Mid to late

Favorite yellow variety, especially for local market.

Encore

Fs

---

Late

Hardy, late-blooming variety.

Monroe

Fs

High

Late

Susceptible to bacterial spot.

Emery

Fs

Very high

Late

N.C. variety; medium to large fruit.

Legend

Fs

Low

Late

N.C. variety; large fruit size.

Parade

Fs

Low

Late

Very-late-maturing California variety.

 

 = Nectarine