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