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At Blush Lane Organic Orchard, we grow over 10 varieties of peach trees that are harvested from July to September. All are tree ripened before we pick and pack. This means there are juicy, fresh and flavourful peaches available throughout the summer at our markets.
The first varieties of peaches harvested are clingstone varieties. In these varieties, the flesh tends to cling to the pit. Later season peach varieties are freestone, so their flesh comes right off the pit.
Beyond flesh clinginess, there are no other significant differences between clingstones and freestones except that freestone peaches are easier to use when baking, freezing or preserving, so they are often referred to as “canning peaches.”
We have begun harvesting our first freestone peaches, which will continue until September. Each variety has slight variations in skin and flesh colour as well as density and flavour. Red Havens, Harbrites and GloHavens will be shipped over the next few weeks.