Learn about the juicy and acidic Rio Oso Gem Peach that is available late in the peach season.
For this year's peach season it is now the 11th hour. Most places have sold out of their peaches for their year. The only places left with peaches are those with super late varieties. This past week, I purchased one of those super late varieties - the Rio Oso Gem peach.
🍑 What is a Rio Oso Gem Peach?
These peaches are named after where they were first grown, Rio Oso, California. It is not a very popular peach for commercial use as these peaches tend to drop off the tree easily and they also bruise easily. They are mostly sold by local farms.
The farmer I bought them from thought they were getting a PF27 (Flamin' Fury) tree, but ended up with this variety instead. Which worked out well for me because it gave me another variety to try.
🙋 Clingstone or Freestone?
Like most late season peaches, Rio Oso Gem are a freestone peach. That means you can run your knife down the seam of the peach, twist it open, and easily pop out the pit with very little effort.
Here is what I think of this peach variety on a scale of 1-10.
These peaches are very juicy and very acidic. The flavor is not as strong as others. I think with the high acidity these peaches will work well in pies and other baking applications.
You could can them too since they are a freestone, but I think there are larger peaches out there that are less work.
Check out our list of the best peach varieties to can this year.
Since they bruise easily be very careful when handling them. I ended up with some bruises on mine whenever I was being careful.