Local peach season is something that is eagerly anticipated in this house every year. The search for that first good peach is on right now. I have had a couple varieties this year already, but neither really fulfillment my need for peach satisfaction. The search continues with the Rising Star Peach. This peach belongs to the Stellar peach program. All of these peaches have the word star in their name and were developed at Fruit Acres Farm on the west coast of Michigan. The Rising Star peach ripen 5 days before Red Haven. The peach is semi-clingstone, meaning that some of the fruit clings to the pit but can almost be fully removed. Some specimens might be freestone, depending on how ripe when picked. The skin of the peach is mostly red - making it very eye appealing.
My Experience with this Peach (Rating Scale 1-10)
Freestone or Clingstone: Semi-clingstone
Peach Flavor: 6
Best Used For: Out of hand eating
Where I Bought It: Wolfe Orchards (Ann Arbor Farmer's Market)
Overall Feeling: For an early season peach this is a pretty decent one. It doesn't match up to some of the later peaches in the stellar series, but it's still something to enjoy this early on. As for uses for this peach, I am just using then for out of hand eating. I prefer to wait for freestones and large size peaches to make things with.
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
Where is the best place to buy a good peach? Click here to read my article on shopping for peaches.