Find all you need to know about the Rising Star peach variety and why you might want to try them when you find them at a local farm stand or u-pick operation.
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. Let's let about this variety.
🌠 What is a 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, which is the gold standard of peaches here in the state.
The skin of the peach is mostly red with some stripes - making it very eye appealing. I would call it a fuzzy peach. If that bothers you could probably could wipe a lot of it off. The flesh of the peach is resistant to browning, so it makes for a good peach to be cut up for a fruit salad.
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🙋 Clingstone or Freestone?
This 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 ones I have had were never freestone.
Here is what I think of this peach variety on a scale of 1-10.
For an early season peach this is a pretty good 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 pies and jam with.
This is certainly a juicy peach as I got juice everywhere when I was eating it.
👀 Check Out These Peaches
Check out these all my reviews of peaches in the Stellar (Star) series (days before/after Red Haven in parenthesis):
- 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
Here are some other blog posts on peaches you'll have to read
- When are Peaches in Season?
- Peach Pie Heirloom Donut Peaches
- When are Donut Peaches in Season?
- Our Recipe for Peach Pie
Where is the best place to buy a good peach? Click here to read my article on shopping for peaches.