Learn about the differences between white and yellow peaches? Is one more flavorful, juicy more expensive, or sweeter? I will answer all those questions and more! I will also talk about one of the earliest white peaches of the year - the Snow Angel.
What is the difference between yellow peaches? Besides the color difference, yellow peaches tend to contain more acid and white peaches has less, which makes them taste sweeter, although you will find exceptions to this from time to time.
Are you a white peach fan? 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. Today I am going to explore the difference between these two different colors of peaches.
❔ What's the Difference?
So let's get down to the likely differences you will experience between white and yellow flesh peaches.
White peaches tend to be sweeter tasting due to less acid in the fruit. This fact is what also stirs people away from using them for canning. The flavor tends to be not as strong overall, but that doesn't mean I don't enjoy a good, sweet juicy white peach.
Speaking of juiciness, I don't find significant differences between how juicy a white peach is and how juicy a yellow peach is. It really just depends on the specific variety.
Both white and yellow peaches come in clingstone and freestone varieties. The freestone ones are harvested later in the season in general.
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🆕 Are White Peaches New?
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.
⛅ Is the Season Different?
White peach season tends to be a little bit shorter, but only at the end usually. I tend to find yellow peaches in stores when white peaches are not anymore.
Most white peaches are from California. It's not common to find them in stores from other states unless you are shopping at a market that grows local produce.
❓ Are There High Acid White Peach
I said white peaches in general are very sweet, but that doesn't mean you don't find some more higher acid white peaches. The Snow Angel variety is one example.
One of the first white peach varieties of the year, it is grown in California in the San Joaquin Valley by Family Tree Farms and many other growers. Snow Angel is a really early peach variety, usually picked around the end of April to the start of May.
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.
Here is what I think of this peach variety on a scale of 1-10.
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!
💡 Tip - 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!
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