Arkansas breeding program releases two nectarines, one peach

10/31/2012 02:50:00 PM
Vicky Boyd

yellow-fleshed peachCourtesy University of ArkansasSouvenirs is the first yellow-fleshed fresh-market peach from the University of Arkansas' breeding program.The University of Arkansas has introduced two new nectarines and a new peach developed for Mid-South and Southern growing conditions.

The varieties are the work of breeder John Clark and are resistant to bacterial spot, an important trait for Southern stone fruit growers, according to a news release.

The nectarines—Bowden and Amoore Sweet—ripen in early July have firm flesh and can be stored up to three weeks.

Bowden is the first white-flesh nectarine from the university's breeding program.

It is a non-melting cling nectarine with standard acidity and ripens about July 4.

Amoore Sweet is the first low-acid nectarine from the university's program. It has yellow, non-melting flesh, is very sweet and ripens about July 6.

Souvenirs is the first fresh-market yellow-flesh peach from the Arkansas program.

Earlier fresh-market releases were all white-flesh.

Souvenirs has low acidity and semi-freestone to freestone flesh.

It has about 90 percent blush and slow-melting flesh that remains firm longer on the tree.

The variety ripens about July 6.

The releases are available in limited numbers from Cumberland Valley Nursery, a whole operation in McMinnville, Tenn. Contact them at (931) 668-4153.

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