Avalon Pride: Sweet Peach With a Nice Nose{15}

portrait with a peachPeach fuzz and big noses: comparative profile analysis.

Peach harvest was a bust this year; of seven varieties of leaf curl resistant peach trees only one bore fruit, and for that one tree, one fruit was its maximum output. Yes, I picked one peach for my year’s worth of peach tree pampering. (Good thing I already have plenty of dry firewood.)

peach with a nice noseTree-ripened peach: As rare on Vashon as a washed truck and shaved face.

Now that my whining has subsided, and I’ve enjoyed this one succulent peach slowly, deliberately and ceremonially, I can write about it in a mature fashion, sharing its delicious legacy without the use of expletives and pouting.  Avalon Pride is a great peach for the home orchard and next to the Frost peach, the best peach to grow in our cool climate, and in my opinion, the sweetest tasting as well.

One of Avalon Pride’s quirks is its tendency to grow a tandem peach, a mini me of sorts that piggybacks on the mother fruit and stays put until harvest. Any time I’ve tried to remove the sidekick, the larger peach dropped in a couple days.

limoges china bowl and fresh peaches

Here’s a look at Avalon Pride before I savored every little bit in slow bites and lengthy chews. The remaining mini-me peach is more garnish than mainstay.

If you’re nosing around to find a good peach tree for your Pacific Northwest backyard, I’d suggest Avalon Pride, a profile in reliability and good taste.

Ten reasons to love the Avalon Pride Peach (Tree)

  1. Reliable producers (most years)
  2. Semi-freestone, though seed does tend to split as seen above
  3. Very sweet
  4. Nice texture
  5. Full-bodied peach flavor, aromatic
  6. Self-fertile (doesn’t need a different variety peach tree for pollination.)
  7. Peach Leaf Curl Resistant ( a huge plus for the Pacific Northwest)
  8. Handsome tree
  9. Fruit often sprouts a novel nose
  10. Is readily available to home orchards and gardeners.

Mail Order Nursery Sources: Burnt Ridge Nursery (WA), Grandpa’s Orchard (MI), One Green World (OR), Raintree Nursery (WA)