White peaches seem to fall in the love it or leave it category. I know people who love them and others who wouldn't touch any peach that wasn't yellow on the inside. White fleshed peaches have been appearing more frequently over the last decade. I don't even remember seeing any white peaches growing up. But did you know that the yellow color that we typically associate with a peach was developed in the 19th century in the United States? The white peach has actually been around a lot longer than the yellow varieties.
This first white peach variety of the year I got to sink my teeth into is the Snow Angel variety. It was grown in California in the San Joaquin Valley by Family Tree Farms. There is a cool map on their website, you should check out. Snow Angel is a really early peach variety, usually picked around the end of April to the start of May. If you are looking to grow this variety it only needs about 200 chill hours.
As comes with being an early peach it is a clingstone variety, so that pit isn't coming out without a fight! The one I had contained a split pit, which means the pit was broken in half inside, which isn't a big deal to me. The interior of this peach is absolutely stunning. It is white with red around the outside.
My Experience with this Peach (Rating Scale 1-10)
Peach Flavor: 5
Overall Feeling: Typically people don't like white peaches because they lack acidity. Not the case with Snow Angel. It has a nice balance of acidity and sweetness. Talk about juicy. I was making a mess with this peach and that is a great thing! I hope I have the chance to try more peaches from Family Tree Farms as so far I am happy with what they have produced!
As a side note I want to encourage people to start to memorize the stickers they find on fruit at the grocery store. If you find something you like save the sticker from the fruit. Stick on a piece of paper on the fridge, so that you when you see it again in the store you will recognize it and might be more willing to try it out since you already liked something they grew before. I have learned by just looking at stickers and packaging what I want to buy and what I want to avoid. Just a little tidbit to munch on!
Where is the best place to buy a good peach? Click here to read my article on shopping for peaches.