Summer and peaches just go hand and hand. Putting summer in the name of a peach just feels like a perfect fit. I got my hands on some Summer Serenade peaches at Whole Foods Market in Ann Arbor, MI. This is a beautifully colored peach with hues of yellow, red, and orange. At least half of the peach is red in color. The peach is said to have originated from a bud sport of Garnet Beauty.
The peach is a semi clingstone peach, which means that sometimes the pit comes out easily and sometimes not. It might case that pit was still clinging pretty well to the flesh. The peach ripens about 11 days before Red Haven, the standard of freestone peaches in the Midwest. So that would put it on the calendar in mid to late July. The size of the peach is on the medium to large scale I would say.
My Experience with this Peach in 2013 (Rating Scale 1-10)
Peach Flavor: 7
Overall Feeling: Not a bad peach for July. They key thing about these need to be perfectly ripe to be enjoyable. They do taste good if you hit that perfect stage of ripeness that can be very fleeting. The color of this peach reminds me of a lot of the commercial peaches that come out of California, the flavor does as well. It does have a balance of sweetness to acidity. It is juicy enough but not chin dripping. The peach doesn't not brown very quickly making it a good choice if you want to place it on a fruit tray. It's size is good enough for canning or pie making, like with mine you may have to work around the pit.
Where is the best place to buy a good peach? Click here to read my article on shopping for peaches.