[NAFEX] heirloom peach source

kelly at theravenrocks.com kelly at theravenrocks.com
Tue Dec 23 09:37:04 EST 2008


For years I've been looking for a source of heirloom peaches (trees, not fruit) with no luck. Do you know of any? Heath Cling and Oldmixon Free are a couple of varieties I'm interested in. I've found one or two varieties here & there on the web, but nothing significant. The only source I've found is Southmeadow in Michigan, but that's not an option. 


Kelly Coffey





----Original Message-----
From: Scott Smith [mailto:scott at cs.jhu.edu]
Sent: Tuesday, December 23, 2008 08:27 AM
To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
Subject: [NAFEX] late peaches

I have found there are several old heirlooms which ripen quite late and also have unique flavors. Heath Cling -- according to the Monticello website it was traditionally harvested in September and not eaten until October or November. I had a bad brown rot problem this year so I did not want to wait so long to eat anything, but I did enjoy the early ones. It is a very "meaty" peach, more like an underripe mango in texture (but not so stringy). The flavor is fairly mild but it could get more interesting in storage -- I am looking forward to trying this one after the traditional 1-2 months. Salwey -- This peach has no orange in the color, it is a light yellow which is similar to how Heath Cling looks. It is not as meaty but is a bit stringy. I like the taste quite a bit and it is unique. So far this one is better than Heath Cling. Indian Free -- I second Antons comments here, it is one of my favorite peaches of any season. It got bad brown rot this year however. Oldmixon Free Improved -- I am not sure what the Improved means but it is similar to Oldmixon Free. It is a very rich-flavored white peach, similar to Silver Logan. This one is not as late as the three above, it is only "late" according to Peaches of New York and the other three are "very late". Elberta is listed as "mid" there. It is interesting how Elberta was called midseason in the early 1900s and is considered late today. Clearly the peach season has moved up over the years! I expect the interesting flavors of these later peaches got left behind because the breeders were all looking early early early. Scott _______________________________________________ nafex mailing list nafex at lists.ibiblio.org Reproduction of list messages or archives is not allowed. This includes distribution on other email lists or reproduction on web sites. Permission to reproduce is NEVER granted, so don't claim you have permission! **YOU MUST BE SUBSCRIBED TO POST!** Posts from email addresses that are not subscribed are discarded. No exceptions. ---- To subscribe or unsubscribe, go to the bottom of this page (also can be used to change other email options): http://lists.ibiblio.org/mailman/listinfo/nafex File attachments are NOT stripped by this list. TAKE STEPS TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM COMPUTER VIRUSES! Please do not send binary files. Use plain text ONLY in emails! NAFEX web site: http://www.nafex.org/ 

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