Yesterday, I picked up some Coral Star peaches at the Ann Arbor Farmer's Market. These large, pretty peaches are a member of the Stellar family of peaches (all 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 well. They also don't brown when cut, which is attractive for canning and using in pies.
My Experience with this Peach (Rating Scale 1-10)
Peach Flavor: 3
Overall Feeling: This peach I was rather disappointed in. It had quite a bit of acidity, but not the sweetness and peach flavor that you want to balance it out. It also wasn't all that juicy. I would still rather eat a fresh coral star peach than any kind you buy at the mega mart, but I think there are a lot better varieties out there you can get directly from the farmer. The peach would still be good for canning as it is on the larger size and it's freestone. Both of these factors make the canner's job easier.
Where is the best place to buy a good peach? Click here to read my article on shopping for peaches.
Check out these all my reviews of peaches in the Stellar (Star) series (days before/after Red Haven in parenthesis):
Rising Star Peaches (-5) - a decent early season semi-clingstone peach
Coral Star Peaches (+12) - my least favorite in the series, it is freestone
Blushing Star Peaches (+20) - a great tasting white free stone peach
Glowing Star Peaches (+25) - overall good later season free stone peach
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