Is there any way to tell from the outside of a peach if it's a cling or a freestone variety?
Are you channeling your best self with this comment? (If you're not sure, check out our Code of Conduct.)
Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.
Not as far as I know, but grocery stores tend to carry freestones, whereas farmers markets will carry both.
While Peter no longer works for Food52 he still thinks up ways to make the website better.
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?
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.
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.
Please enter a valid email address.
Well played. You deserve a cookie.
Where counter meets stove, and other danger zones.
Clean Your Nooks & Crannies
An Easy, Rustic Flatbread
The Greatest Hits
Welcome Spring Produce with 12 Bright, Fresh Dishes
Dryer Balls—for the Fluffiest Laundry
Captcha must be verfied
Already have an account?
Don't have an account?
Please check your email for instructions on how to reset your password
Successfully logged out
Get the recipes and features that have us talking, plus first dibs on events and limited-batch products.
(Oh, and $10 off your order of $50 or more in the Food52 Shop, too.)
Thanks! We'll email you when it's available again.