[NAFEX] Georgia Peach: Late Picquet

Anton Callaway marillen at earthlink.net
Fri Sep 28 06:37:28 EDT 2007


Looks like you've already found the main reference that I know of.  FWIW, there is this entry in the Peaches of New York:
The Peaches of New York by U.P. Hedrick.  p. 443.

Picquet Late.  I. Downing Fr. Trees Am. 627.  1869.  2. Horticulturist 28: 375.  1873.
 Originated with Antoine Picquet, Belair, Georgia.  Glands reniform; fruit large, round, often somewhat flattened and one-sided; skin yellow, with a red cheek; flesh yellow, melting, sweet, rich and aromatic; stone free; ripens early in September.

-----Original Message-----
>From: John Roy <jpernoroy at hotmail.com>
>Sent: Sep 27, 2007 7:20 AM
>To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
>Subject: [NAFEX] Georgia Peach: Late Picquet
>My name is John Roy, and I am working on a story of a local Columbia County GA peach, developed during the 1850s, called the "Late Picquet." It won some notoriety and was actually marketed, as well as sold, throughout the US for a number of years. I am wondering if anyone here has ever heard of it or has tried growing it (more importantly). Here is one of the references that I have for it:
>The Horticulturalist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste. Edited by Henry T. Williams. Volume XXVIII., January to December, 1873. Page 151. 
>Ficquet's Late Peach. The Rural Alabamian highly extols this peach for the South. Says: " It is the evidence of all who have fruited it, that it has no compeer. Large to very large, bright yellow, and of the most excellent quality, it cannot fail to become one of our most profitable market peaches, ripening as it does when good peaches are scarce, and the trees being fine growers and abundant bearers. Season, first half of September; freestone. " 
>This magnificent peach originated in the orchard of Antoine Picquet, Bel-Air, Georgia. In 1858 we cut the grafts from the original tree, which died the following year. After fruiting it for four consecutive seasons, we put it in the trade, feeling assured at that time that it was destined to become a most valuable market peach. In this we have not been disappointed, and it is a source of congratulation to us to have added this peach to our list of superior fruits and saved it from destruction. It ripens with the Smock, to which it is immensely superior in size, appearance and quality. The Salway also matures at the same time, but is also inferior to the Picquets, from a limited experience in fruiting the former and from reports of others who fruited both varieties side by side." 
>-John Roy
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