All of these peach varieties taste great! They are juicy and delicious when picked ripe. All of them can be eaten fresh, baked or preserved. The following are some notable qualities about each variety and their approximate timeframe for 2016. Each of these peach, nectarine and plum varieties normally ripen over a period of 10-14 days.
Spring was good to us and gave us huge crops of peaches and nectarines. But as a result, fruit size is smaller - especially in July and early August varieties.
Redhaven July 27 Excellent first of the season peach! Great for fresh eating. Good for canning and freezing. Medium size. Semi-freestone.
Red Globe August 8 Great for fresh eating. Popular for canning and freezing. Smooth texture. Large size. Freestone. Similar varieties in our orchard: Coralstar, PF 19, PF 24.
Gene Elberta August 8 Sweet, excellent flavor. Great for canning, freezing and fresh eating. Similar to Elberta in texture and size, but not fully freestone. Medium size.
Blushingstar August 10 Sweet and tangy white flesh. Very good for drying. Large fruit. Freestone.
Elberta August 17 Long time favorite for canning. Easy to peel. Also wonderful for freezing and jam. Beautiful yellow flesh. Smooth texture. Medium size. Freestone.
Hale August 17 Great for fresh eating. Popular for canning and freezing. Firm texture. Large round fruit. Freestone.
O’Henry September ?? Exceptional flavor. Wonderful for fresh eating. Good for canning and freezing. Nice firm texture. Medium size. Freestone. Good keeper. Last of the season!
September ?? Very sweet, mild white flesh. Great for fresh eating. Good for freezing and drying. Juicy, smooth texture. Giant size. Freestone. Good keeper. Last of the season!
These are all great for fresh eating. Try canning or drying the freestones.
Firebright August 4
Extreme flavor! Tart. Great for eating fresh, jam and pies. Medium size. Semi-freestone.
Grand Sweet August 8
Super sweet mild flavor. Great for eating fresh. Medium size. Clingstone.
Arctic Jay August 10
Excellent white flesh nectarine. Great for eating fresh and drying Good for canning/cooking. Very large size. Freestone.
Fantasia August 12
Great traditional flavor. Outstanding for eating fresh. Good for canning/cooking. Very large size. Freestone.
Zee Glo September 2
Very Good flavor. Good for eating fresh. Medium to large size. Clingstone.