Red Haven Peaches

Red Haven Peaches
(Last Updated On: August 2, 2017)

Red Haven Peaches

The red haven peach – the peach that all other peaches are judged against. In fact, other peach varieties are often listed by how many days before or after they are ready to pick in regards to when red havens are ready. Red havens are ready for picking around the end of July to beginning of August. This is the classic peach that you will find all over the place. It’s a heavy producer which farmers love. They also love it’s long shelf life. It’s the most popular peach planted in Michigan and much of the Midwest. It is one of the few peaches that people know by name. In most years it is the first freestone peach of the season. A freestone peach is a peach that you should be able to remove the inner pit easily. You don’t take half the peach with the pit.

Click below to find out when Red Haven peaches ripen in your state.

Red Haven History

The Red Haven peach was first introduced in 1940. It was created by Dr. Stanley Johnston of Michigan State University. It was first grown in South Haven, Michigan. There is a park in South Haven, Michigan that bears Stanley’s name. His “Haven” series of peaches had a major effect on the peach business in the eastern part of the country.

Red Haven Peaches

Taste Review

My Experience with this Peach (Rating Scale 1-10)
Acidity: 6
Peach Flavor: 8
Sweetness: 6
Juiciness: 9

Overall Feeling: This is a good quality peach. There is a reason people love these so much. I personally don’t think it’s the best tasting peach there is like others do, but you really can’t go wrong with it. Buyer beware thought. Some retailers like to pass off other peaches as Red Haven to get more sales. Specific peach varieties are only available for 10-14 days on average. If you find them too long after the harvest began either they have been in cold storage for a while, which is not good for the flavor or you are being had.

How to Use Red Haven Peaches

It’s a great peach for canning as they are easy to slice up and remove the pit. This peach also works well in cooking applications. It has the acidity that you want. It’s your all around good peach ready for multiple uses! If you want some great recipe ideas, check out the book “the Perfect Peach“. It actually mentions the Red Haven peach by name in it!

Where is the best place to buy a good peach? Click here to read my article on shopping for peaches.

11 Replies to “Red Haven Peaches”

  1. […] is much better and Kapnick Orchards opened for u-pick. They offered 3 varieties for picking today: Red Haven, Flaming Fury (PF-15), and Bellaire. Flaming Fury are my personal […]

  2. […] you can pick yourself would be a great option, because you can get a lot for your money that way. Red Haven peaches may a good choice, because they are one of the most popular peaches, so it’s easier to be […]

  3. […] of which have the word “star” in their name). These peaches ripen about 12 days after Red Haven, around the same time as Canadian Harmony. Like Canadian Harmony, Coral Star peaches store very […]

  4. […] u-pick. I picked there on Saturday, August 7th. Click here to read about my experience. They have Red Haven, Flaming Fury, and Bellaire peaches. Their prices are $28.00 a bushel or $15.00 for a half bushel […]

  5. […] regularly you will know that there are several peach series such as the haven series (including Red Haven) and Flaming Fury (all start with PF). Today we are going to look at a peach from the stellar […]

  6. […] in the province of Ontario. It was introduced in 1968. The peach ripens on average 16 days after Red Haven. The peach has a longer shelf life than other peaches, which would make it a good peach for grocery […]

  7. […] Today we are going to take a look at another member of the “Haven” series of peaches – the Glo Haven. I wasn’t able to find anything on the history and background of the Glo Haven. The only thing I can tell you is that it’s a freestone peach and they ripen about 17 days after it’s “sibling” the Red Haven. […]

  8. […] about on my site. 1. Candor 2. Flaming Fury 3. Sugar May 4. Saturn Donut 5. Harvest Moon Donut 6. Red Haven 7. Bellaire 8. Canadian Harmony 9. Galaxy Donut 10. White Lady 11. Coral Star 12. Loring 13. […]

  9. The trademarked name of my peach series is Flamin’ Fury and not Flaming Fury. Thanx, Paul Friday

  10. […] of peaches. My home state of Michigan is one of them. Our peach season begins in mid to late July. Red Haven peaches are the most popular variety grown in Michigan. In fact, you will find that most Michigan peach […]

  11. pat lichte says:


    I LOVE Red Haven peaches and wondered when you would have them available. They are such a treat to me and also to others in my family and neighborhood in Illinois. Please let me know and I will plan on being “first in line” to enjoy them and your other goodies!

    Pat Lichte

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