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Is there any way to tell from the outside of a peach if it's a cling or a freestone variety?

asked by @mrslarkins about 5 years ago
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Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

added about 5 years ago

Not as far as I know, but grocery stores tend to carry freestones, whereas farmers markets will carry both.

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Peter

While Peter no longer works for Food52 he still thinks up ways to make the website better.

added about 5 years ago

Having purchased 90% of my peaches from the a wide variety of farmers at various NYC Farmer's Markets, I've never once ended up with freestones. Might there be a regional aspect to the answer? Maybe freestone don't grow well in the NYC region but are more popular, say, in Georgia?

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added about 5 years ago

From my friend who grows peaches for a living: Unless you know the variety, you cannot just look at a peach and tell for sure if it is freestone. You could make a pretty good guess, but you can't say for sure.

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SKK
added over 4 years ago

Having been raised on a peach orchard, the earlier varieties that ripen in mid June and July and mid-August are eating peaches, not canning peaches. They are not free stones. The later peaches, which are used for canning are freestones.