If you're growing peaches to eat primarily out-of-hand, you want to choose a variety that is sweet, low in acid and light in color so that the juice does not stain your clothes. Most peaches with these qualities are cling-stone peaches, which means that the flesh does not readily separate from the stone. While this is an annoyance when slicing peaches for baking or canning, it does not present a large challenge when eating peaches out-of-hand. Here's a look at three peach tree varieties that produce fruit that's perfect for eating fresh off the tree.
Belle of Georgia
A classic white peach variety, Belle of Georgia peach trees are self-fertile, which means you only have to plant one in order to harvest a crop. They prefer well-drained soil, and they are resistant to most bacterial and fungal diseases. Belle of Georgia peach trees will stay most productive when pruned each year during the dormant season. Shoots in the center of the tree should be removed to encourage the tree to grow outward.
Peaches from a Belle of Georgia peach tree are large and sweet, making them perfect for eating. Their skins are moderately fuzzy and their flesh does separate from the stone better than most white peach varieties.
Babcock peach trees are a good choice if you live in the southern United States, since the trees don't require as many chilling hours as other varieties. Babcock trees require a moderate amount of maintenance. As long as they are planted in rich, moist soils and receive plenty of sunlight, they should thrive with regular pruning.
Babcock peaches are sweet with a slight tang. Their flesh is stark white in color and their skins have a pinkish hue. Babcock peaches ripen earlier than other varieties and are sometimes ready to harvest as early as late June.
Springtime peach trees grow well in sandy, well-drained soil and full sunlight. They are harder to care for than some varieties of fruit trees. Careful pruning is required to prevent their branches from becoming to overloaded with heavy fruit.
Peaches from a springtime tree are known for being extremely sweet and juicy. They are generally too soft to slice for canning, but their tender white flesh is ideal for eating.
If you're planning on growing peaches to eat right off the tree, any of the above varieties is a delicious choice. Decide which is best suited for your soil type and desired maintenance level, and head to your local nursery to purchase a peach sapling or two. Within a few years, you'll be enjoying juicy peaches every summer.
Have a tree service company, like Tall Timber Tree Services & Nursery Ltd, help you grow and maintain a tree to give you fresh peaches for years to come.