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It's hard to beat a fresh juicy peach!

I will hopefully be harvesting my first crop of Halehaven and Elberta peaches this year and also just planted Reliance and Contender varieties this year!

What is your favorite peach variety and why?!

Favorite varieties based on the comments...

-Redhaven- good flavor?, high yields?
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I have to give a huge thumbs up to redhaven peaches.

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Eric Hanson wrote:I have to give a huge thumbs up to redhaven peaches.

Eric



I've heard Redhaven is a top tasting variety!

I also heard it has large yields, has that been the case for you if you're growing it?
 
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It looks like Redhaven may have pretty high chill hours and blooms late to avoid late frosts, which is always nice in our area!

The tree is also supposedly a vigorous grower with a natural spreading branch structure, with firm fruit good for storage but creamy flesh when ripe for fresh eating.

No wander this is such a popular peach! I'm going to have to get one soon!

Is anyone growing this?!
 
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A while back we used to get the greatest peaches at the greatest prices at the Jamaica Farmers Market in Queens,N.Y. A farmer by the name of Siek Postma used to come in from No.New Jersey .He was thrown out of the Union Square Market for charging too little. He was a farmer who liked to help poorer people.
This particular year there had been a drought so Siek pumped water from his rich pond to feed the white peaches. He brought them to market at their peak and at the end of the day he had about twelve left.He gave them to my wife and I for 50 cents! We went home and the next day it was 103 degrees outside. We decided to make peach pie.We had a great recipe for pie crust from a lady who worked the church thrift shop.It had lard in it.With sweat pouring down us and a cold towel on our necks we peeled those sweet white peaches and rolled our dough. The aroma in the oven could have knocked over Betty Crocker! Did we enjoy that peach pie so much in our air conditioned living room! When we are 100 years old we will remember Siek Postma whose drought made for the sweetest and best pie we ever ate!!!
 
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That's a great story Stuart!

It made me think, my fruit plants aren't irrigated and often go through our hot droughts of summer, and the fruit is always super flavorful in my opinion. I wander if that period of drought helps make super flavorful fruit?!
 
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I found this beautiful picture of a redhaven peach. It has such great color!


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Anyone here tasted Frost, Avalon, or Salish Summer peaches?
 
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James Landreth wrote:Anyone here tasted Frost, Avalon, or Salish Summer peaches?



I was looking at the Frost peach also recently, hope to hear from someone who's grown it too!
 
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