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  1. Sylvie, Rappahannock Cook & Kitchen Gardener
    November 11, 2008

    Reminds me of some of the French Peches de Vigne. May I ask where you got your tree? I would love to find out more about that cultivar.

  2. Tom
    November 12, 2008

    Hi Sylvie
    Funny you should mention; I had no idea of the reference and a friend from Switzerland made the same mention of a Peche de Vigne when she tried one of my peaches. There are a couple places to buy them that I know of — all online:

  3. michaela
    November 25, 2008

    your produce looks gorgeous. i found your site on nytimes.com and was surprised to find you live on vashon as i just moved to tacoma. i’m a little obsessed with local produce and products.

  4. Tom
    November 25, 2008

    I would say that is an admirable obsession. Thanks for the kind words and welcome to the Pacific Northwest!

  5. John Olson
    November 26, 2008

    Found your website via NYT, too. The produce looks awesome, but you should always include Boz in each of your photos for impact!

  6. Jenny O’Sullivan
    February 26, 2009

    Hi there from New Zealand! I knew these peaches growing up. Whatever you call them they are definitely my favourite stone fruit – the mere mention of them have mine and my brothers’ full attention, and drooling for Mum’s BBP crumble with copious amounts of custard. Summer foodie bliss…. :-) Jen

  7. Steve
    September 9, 2009

    When I looked up this tree at nurseries, they showed pictures and described a peach that had white flesh with red streaks. There is another peach called Indian blood which looks like this one. Any idea what is going on?

  8. Chana
    October 6, 2009

    I, too, am curious about the fact that other nurseries offer an “Indian Free” peach which is more white than red. Your fruit LOOKS more like a true Indian Blood peach, which are all red. However, in my experience, Indian Bloods are generally sour and clingstone — so your description of the taste (sweet/tart balanced freestone) means it’s not that. Is yours a local variation on the Indian Free with more red than white? Looks and sounds fabulous…

  9. Tom
    October 6, 2009

    Chana and Steve I wondered the same thing too. It may be that my peaches are relatively small (I need to water more) and so they may have redder flesh due to smaller size. Plus we have a really cool summer so that may affect coloration too, but just a guess on my part.

    I believe I bought mine mail order on Peaceful Valley Organics, but I’ll look for my old receipts to make sure. Their source was the commercial grower Dave Wilson Nursery, which lists them both, Indian Free as a fresh eating, and Blood as a canning cling peach.

    Here’s their pic of Indian Free and Indian Blood.

    I’ve never read that Indian Blood was leaf curl resistant and my variety is so it leads me to believe mine is Indian Free.

    Here’s a thread about the two from GardenWeb forums:

    I need to post a photo of this year’s crop — a whopping two ;-), but I guess two peaches are better than one.

  10. Dena Edwards
    June 15, 2010

    I have been looking for weeks and still have not found this beautiful Indian free peach. I had a tree like this in Sunnyvale California, were I grew up and the fruit was the size of large grapefruits, burgundy deep purple in color inside and out. This tree was 18-20 feet tall and would give at least 150 peaches in early fall! Any help I would be greatful.

  11. Tom
    June 15, 2010

    Dena: Glad to help. In the Northwest, the fruit is a bit smaller, say like a very large plum. It may be hard to locate an Indian Free peach tree at this time of year, but you can buy them readily online through mail order, usually for bareroot fall or spring planting.

    I’ve seen them on: and http://www.raintreenursery.com, and Dave Wilson Nursery is a large commercial grower of the variety and offers this page of retailers who carry their trees: http://www.davewilson.com/homegrown/get_trees.html

    Good Luck!

  12. Tom
    June 17, 2010

    Dena: I just saw Indian Free peaches available now at potted trees in the Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supplies catalog: http://www.groworganic.com/item_FT157SU_Peach__Indian_Free_Semidwarf_Pot.html

  13. Molly
    August 31, 2010

    Hi Tom,

    I just ate my first Indian free peach an hour ago. I must have one of these trees! I checked the 3 websites you recommended, but the photos don’t look as blood red and accurate as yours. One description said it is a clingstone. I’m confused. Is there a latin name for the tree? Thanks and best, Molly

  14. Tom
    August 31, 2010

    Molly, what’s so odd is the same tree produced two different color ranges: one year deep red, and the next year white with red edging. Here’s are the photos in this post: http://tallcloverfarm.com/two-peaches-are-better-than-one/

    My Indian Free is cling-free and leaf curl resistant. It’s the Indian Blood peaches that are cling and leaf curl susceptible, I believe.

    There’s no latin name for it other than Prunus Persica “Indian Free”.

    Peaceful Valley Organics usually carries them as bareroots in their winter catalog: http://groworganic.com/default.html .
    Good luck!

    • carjean
      October 14, 2010

      Wow, I have been trying to find out for sure what kind of a tree we have. I was convinced it is an Indian Blood since is is a little tart yet fruity, reminds me of raspberries and the flesh is deep red/crimson with a few white stripes.

  15. Tom
    October 15, 2010

    carjean, if it’s a freestone pit, I bet it’s Indian Free.

  16. Maria McKamey
    March 25, 2011

    Hi, Tom…had fun reading your blogs and admiring pictures of your labor. Thank you for sharing your works and the recipes. I came across your blog when I was in google searching for Indian blood free peach and have been into many websites and nurseries trying to find similar to yours to no avail. Is there anyway that I could buy peach seeds from the same tree you have in the pictures? Please let me know and I would gladly appreciate your time and efforts of my request. More power and God bless you and your family.

  17. velvie mckenzie
    March 12, 2013

    Hey, i have been searching everywhere for indian peach seeds. The cherokee were notorious plant breeders from.seed. They produced some of the best apple trees in the south. William penn remarked that there were orchards of peach trees in pennsylvania when he arived. Since the peach originated in china and the native people share genetics with several groups on that side of the ocean it makes since they brought them with them on the land bridge. I have heard the theory that the spaniards brought them here but since the spanish and portugese have no red flesh peach history that makes no since to me. Also the peach of the vine would not be a variety that is disease resistant. If it dosent suffer from disease. How would it act as a warning that disease was coming before it hit the grapes? It could not. They would have to use a suseptable delicate plant for that purpose. Think about it. . .a virus goes around and who gets it the person healthy as a horse or the person that is sickly already? Same applies in trees. So if these are truely the color of your peaches i would be interested in buying a few pits from you. Indian peaches are genetically stable since the breed by seed. And i want a tree that will be around in a hindred years. So my great grandchildren can sit beneath its boughs eat peaches till they are sick and maybe think of me. That will never happen with grafted varieties since their lifespans seem to be much shorter. And quince dose not like clay soils. The cherokee had nothing but clay so their varieties seem to do much better

    • Tom
      March 13, 2013

      Hi Velvie, I can see you love peaches as much as I do. As for the Indian Free peach, I’d be happy to save you some seeds in the coming year, but I fear patience is order as the fruit does not fully ripen until October around here. I love the historical background you shared, and your wish for a long-lived tree, and I must say from what I can gather, your grandchildren won’t need a peach tree to think of you often, I suspect that’s happens minute to minute. Warm regards, Tom

  18. Nikki
    February 10, 2014

    Hello! Can you please confirm what company you purchased your tree from. I MUST HAVE THESE DARK PURPLE PEACHES!!! ha ha my whole garden has purple accents so i’m obsessed : ) The companies I’m looking to buy indian free or indian blood from including the names you listed (daves, peaceful) above don’t look anything like the peaches you show. Can I purchase some cuttings from you to graph myself? I have an eldorado dwarf on lovell I could graph it to, and I’m just in W Sea just over the pond from you. Lemme know, Nikki

    • Tom
      February 10, 2014

      Hi Nikki, I’m pretty sure I bought it from Burnt Ridge Nursery: http://www.burntridgenursery.com/fruitingPlants/index_product.asp?dept=14&parent=7 And I’m pretty sure all of the retail nurseries get the tree from DAve Wilson Wholesale Nursery. As for grafting, I’ve had no luck with this variety, but peach tree grafting is trickier than apple or pear tree grafting. I could send you cuttings if you like, or wait until I have peach seeds. As peach seeds are true to the parent unlike the apple tree’s seeds.

  19. Mrs. G
    March 31, 2014

    Hi! I have been looking for this peach for years. Not one of the nurseries you mention carry it. I know it is late in the season, but I checked all of nurseries mentioned last fall 2013. Also depending upon the soil, nutrients, fertilizer, etc. these variables change the color of the peach. You have the ‘Black Blood Indian’ peach which is small, you don’t pick any larger, as the color would not change. It is a difficult peach to find. It is a peach that was originally grown for making ‘peach pickles’. When clicking on the link where you send us to where you bought the peach, FYI the page no longer exists. If you go to their home page they have no record of the peach. I grow exotic varieties and really want one of these. Please save me a pit! Mrs. G

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