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New Peaches for the Sweet-Loving Palate
January 11, 2005
Two new peach varieties developed by
Agricultural Research Service (ARS)
scientists will be available to consumers in limited quantities in the summer
The new varieties, Gulfking and Gulfcrest, were made available to growers in
2003. They were developed by
Beckman at the ARS
Fruit and Tree Nut Research Laboratory in Byron, Ga., and colleagues from
the University of Georgia and the
University of Florida. Both varieties--known
as "nonmelting" peaches--resist bruising and remain firm longer while
ripening on the tree and after canning.
Gulfking typically ripens in early May. When ripe, its skin is mostly red on
a deep- yellow to orange background. The flesh is firm and sweet and does not
turn brown readily when bruised or cut.
Gulfcrest ripens from early to mid-May, extending the harvest period. The
fruit is medium to large and also has a mostly red skin on a deep-yellow to
orange background. The flesh is firm, with good sweetness, and contains some
red flecks in the outer flesh on the sun-exposed side of the fruit. Like
Gulfking, this peach doesn't brown readily when bruised or cut.
In test plantings, both varieties appeared to be resistant to bacterial spot
on the leaves and fruit.
more about these new peaches in the January 2005 issue of Agricultural
ARS is the U.S. Department of
Agriculture's chief scientific research agency.