We have reached the mid-point of peach season here in Michigan. One of the mid-season varieties is the Canadian Harmony peach. I purchased some from a vendor at the Saline Farmer's Market. The harmony peach is large freestone peach. As the name would suggest this variety was developed in Canada, 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 stores, except that it is not one of the pretty peaches. And since most supermarkets are into what's cheap and pretty, you will have to turn to the farmer's market for this variety.
My Experience with this Peach (Rating Scale 1-10)
Peach Flavor: 9
Overall Feeling: What Canadian Harmony lacks in the way of appearance it certainly makes up for in flavor. It's a very juicy peach. There was a good amount of juice in the bottom of my bowl after eating this peach. It also has a good amount of acidity to balance out the sweetness. This would make a great peach for canning, because they are large, so there is less work to do and it's easy to remove their pits.
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Never heard of them till this year. Beautiful peach and very easy to can. Delicious flavor !