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What are Your Favorite Peach Varieties?

Although I'm not a fan of the heat or the humidity or the excess sunshine of the summer, I am a huge fan of its longer days, its fruits, and its vegetables.

Now my very favorite fruit is the peach. Living in Nelson County, Virginia, there are a number of most delicious peach varieties. Some of them are brought in from outside, but many are grown locally. In addition we have the option of buying the finest fruits, or their "seconds."

There are a host of varieties of peaches. They break down into classes, granted. But there are also specific varieties within those classes. I list those that are among my favorites. Are you willing to do so, as well, in the Comments section?

Classes by Seed

  1. Cling peaches
  2. Freestone peaches

Classes by Color

  1. White peaches
  2. Yellow peaches
  3. Red peaches

Granted, the color category's inclusion of red varieties is relatively new, this form of peaches may be among the most flavorful. Last year, I was given a few red meat peaches. I was overwhelmed by their delicious, intense flavor! They are my favorite. Trouble is, I have no name for the particular ones I was given.

I decidedly prefer yellow peaches, which have much more flavor, if less sweetness, than the white peaches. Yellow peaches possess a flavorful earthiness not found in the white peach.

And I vastly prefer the freestone peach, which has a delicacy of flavor and texture not achieved by the cling peach (in my estimate). Thus...

My Favorite Varieties are...

  1. Unknown red peaches
  2. Loring peaches
  3. Blake peaches

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MegL wrote on August 4, 2017, 7:07 PM

I love peaches but they all have to be imported in this country and sometimes they are not quite ripe

VinceSummers wrote on August 4, 2017, 7:22 PM

All imported? Really?! I'd have figured they were grown in the UK, too. Too short and too cool a growing season?

MegL wrote on August 5, 2017, 8:12 AM

You could grow them in a greenhouse but not outside. Some parts of the south of England can grow grapes outside but then, they can also grow tomatoes outside, which we cannot. We do well with apples and plums, though.

VinceSummers wrote on August 5, 2017, 8:40 AM

A tragedy! I think apples are OK, but... One of the few (and I mean few) things I like about Summer is the variety of fruits. I guess I was destined not to live in the U.K. Hahah.

lookatdesktop wrote on August 5, 2017, 8:19 PM

I just ate a peach and frankly I don't know where it came from but I saved the seed and will plant it to see if it grows.