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  • From: Anton Callaway <>
  • To: North American Fruit Explorers <>
  • Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Georgia Peach: Late Picquet
  • Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2007 06:37:28 -0400 (GMT-04:00)


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 <>
>Sent: Sep 27, 2007 7:20 AM
>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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