Peach Varieties

Earlistar

Our first peach of the season which has small size, but nicely balanced sweet and tart flavor.  It tends to be a bit clingy on the pit, but comes off the seed when fully ripe.  This peach has nice deep red color with yellow flesh.  This peach was developed by the Fruit Acres breeding program in Michigan and was released in the late 1990′s.  We first planted this peach when it was still named FA101 and we were looking for a full flavored, early peach.  All the peaches coming out of this series have “star” in the name.  Picks in mid-July.

Rising Star

A sweet peach balanced with a slightly tart flavor.  This is the second peach of the season for us to pick and tends to be small in size, but large in flavor.  A deep red, yellow fleshed variety.  It can cling to the pit, but does come free when it is fully ripe.  This is another peach from the Fruit Acres breeding program in Michigan.  All the peaches in their breeding program have “star” in the name.  Picks in late July.

PF-7

An early season, sweet, slightly tangy peach.  It has red color and yellow flesh and tends to come off the seed when fully ripe.  Developed at the Paul Friday breeding program in Michigan.  Picks in early August.

PF-7A

A sweet, yellow fleshed peach maturing in the earlier season.  It has a fully developed red color and comes off the seed well when fully ripe.  Developed at the Paul Friday breeding program in Michigan. Picks in early August.

Blazing Star

A sweet, tangy red peach that ripens in the early season for us.  This variety was developed at the Fruit Acres breeding program in Michigan.  All their varieties have “star” in the name.  Picks in early to mid-August.

Redhaven

A classic, early season peach that has been grown for many years.  It is sweet with a slight tanginess.  It has a deep red color and yellow flesh.  While it may come off the seed when fully ripe, it can also be a bit clingy on the pit. It is one of the standard peaches grown around the world and was developed in the 1940′s at Michigan State University.  Pick dates for Redhavens are what most other peaches are ranked from.  Early season peaches would be picked “so many” days before Redhaven, late season peaches would be picked “so many” days after Redhaven.  Picked in early August.

Newhaven

An earlier season peach that has sweet flavor with less tanginess than some other varieties.  It can be smaller sized, but is still juicy and sweet. These come off the pit cleanly when dead ripe, but otherwise they are a bit clingy on the pit.  Newhaven’s process well, but come off the pit better in slices than in halves.  Look for Newhaven in early to mid August.

Starfire

A sweet, red colored, yellow fleshed peach that picks in the earlier season.  Ripening simultaneously with Newhavens, Starfire is a good sized, nice flavored peach.  Developed at the Fruit Acres breeding program in Michigan – all their peaches have “star” in the name.  Picks in mid-August.

Roza

Developed in Washington state, this peach is sweet with a balanced tanginess.  While it is named for the Roza district in Washington, the Spanish word “rosa” describes its color,  a beautiful red hue to go with its juicy, succulent flavor. This is one of the first true freestone peaches of the season.  It is also the peach that is favored by the distillery to which we sell fruit for eau de vies.  Roza ripens in mid-August.


Suncrest

A peach with a long history of great juicy flavor and pretty red color. Grown in our area for years, this peach is a flavor mainstay of our industry. This is the peach David Mas Masumoto wrote about in his book Epitaph for a Peach, except that in Colorado this peach develops such nice color that you wouldn’t know it was the same peach as the California Suncrest. Similar in sweetness to Roza, Suncrest has a bit lower acid resulting in a less tangy taste.  Suncrest is a freestone peach.  Look for Suncrest in late August or early September.

Coralstar

A large sized, sweet, yellow fleshed peach that picks in the mid-season.  It has a evenly distributed red color with yellow background color.  Coralstar develops its sweet flavor early and hangs longer on the tree without becoming overripe than many other varieties.  Developed at the Fruit Acres breeding program in Michigan – all their varieties have “star” in the name.  Picks in late August to early September.

Blushing Star

A white fleshed peach that is sweet and tangy at the same time.  Many white fleshed peaches are subacid, meaning that they have very little tart flavor and instead are just purely sweet.  Blushing Star has a nicely balanced flavor, red skin, and beautiful white flesh.  It was developed at the Fruit Acres breeding program in Michigan – all the varieties developed in that program have “star” in their name.  Picks in mid-September.

Cresthaven

Big, juicy and consistently good. Cresthaven is one of the more frost resistant varieties and has more reliable cropping from year to year. With great, juicy flavor, Cresthaven is great for fresh eating, freezing and canning. Cresthaven is a freestone peach.  Look for Cresthaven in early-to-mid September.

JH Hale

Big, red and full of flavor. This can be the last peach of the season for us in the high country. JH Hales have been grown in this area forever and have proven themselves as a solid, full flavored peach. They are freestones and are one of our favorites for freezing and canning as well as fresh.  They have a red tinge around the seed that can turn the juice in a canning jar a subtle pink.  They can grow to be huge – we’ve had some that weighed nearly 1.5 pounds and with juice that will soak your shirt! A great peach to end the season with and make sure that you can’t wait for another peach season to start. JH Hales pick in mid-September.