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Purchasing, Storage:

When purchasing peaches, smell the peach.  Is it sweet scented and perfumey?   Inspect the peach's surface.  Make sure the skin isn't bruised in any way. Peaches can keep for a couple days in room temperature.  But, only leave them out if you plan to use them immediately.  If they are left out more than a couple days, they'll become too soft and overripe!  Peaches can be kept in the refrigerator, in a plastic bag, for up to one week.

Uses:

Wonderful for fresh eating.  Great when baked or grilled.

Nutrition and Facts

  • A medium peach contains only 37 calories and is a good source of vitamins A, B and C.
  • To ripen peaches, place them in a brown paper bag for two or three days.  Sliced, fresh peaches should be tossed in lemon or lime juice to prevent browning.
  • Nectarines are a variety of peach with a smooth skin, not a cross between a peach and a plum.
  • The juice from peaches makes a wonderful moisturizer, and it can be found in many brands of cosmetics.
  • A peach pit contains a poisonous substance, called hydrocyanic acid.
  • The peach is a member of the rose family (Rosaceae), distinguished by its velvety skin. It is classified as a drupe, a fruit with a hard stone.

 

Peach Varieties

Peach varieties can be either clingstone, where the flesh of the fruit clings to the peach's stone, or freestone, where the stone readily twists away from the fruit.

This variety is considered by many as the standard for the northeast peach industry. Tree is vigorous, very bud-hardy and productive. Fruit is medium-sized and colors to a brilliant red. One of the best commercial varieties. Ripens around August 1st in Southern New York.

RED HAVEN

This variety is considered by many as the standard for the northeast peach industry. Tree is vigorous,
very bud-hardy and productive. Fruit is medium-sized and colors to a brilliant red. One of the best
commercial varieties. Ripens around August 1st in Southern New York.

JOHN BOY

This peach has now claimed a prominent status as a commercial peach variety. Discovered by Ed
Clendening in 1981 as a complete limb sport of Loring. Fruit is of very high quality, ripening ten to
fourteen days before Loring with better color. Fruit is large and very firm. The tree is vigorous and
productive with good resistance to bacterial leaf spot.

BOUNTY

This variety has become an important commercial peach variety in the Mid-Atlantic region. Bounty was
developed at the USDA peach breeding program at Kean, MN. The fruit is very large and freestone with
exceptional quality. The trees are vigorous, very productive and resistant to bacterial spot.

LORING

A large, firm, yellow-fleshed freestone with attractive red color over a yellow ground color. Loring has
been an important commercial peach variety for many years and is considered one of the best canning
and freezing varieties. The trees are rigorous, productive and resistant to bacterial spot.

SATURN

Maturing just after Redhaven, Saturn is white-fleshed and very tender, with high sugar content. The
tree is vigorous, productive and requires heavy thinning.

TANGOS

This outstanding new selection ripens five days after Saturn, and has excellent size and firmness. The
fruit has 100% yellow skin color, outstanding flavor and good shipping qualities. Developed at the New
Jersey Ag Experiment Station at Rutgers University, this exciting new variety is very different than Saturn
in taste and texture. The tree is upright, vigorous, productive and resistant to bacterial spot.