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Irish Peach

Why you should be excited

Irish Peach is a wonderful early apple that’s at its peak for about 15 minutes each year. Pretty, too.

The story of Irish Peach

We don't grow a lot of apples that don't keep well. Our thinking: why would we choose a variety that's only good for a day or two when we can have one that's equally tasty and keeps for weeks?

With early season apples, the choice is not always so easy, as long-keeping early apples are rare, indeed.

Which brings us to Irish Peach, a pretty early apple that can taste marvelous, but loses its mojo rapidly once picked.

You’ll never find a variety like this in grocery stores -– and for good reason, given the logistics involved –- but if you can get your hands on an Irish Peach apple the day it’s picked (we suggest you look for it at a farmers’ market), you’re in for a treat.

Irish Peach Facts

Its origins

Discovered in Sligo, Ireland; first recorded in 1819.

Flavour, aroma, texture

Quite tart, although this is nicely balanced with sweetness. The juicy flesh is slightly perfumed.

Appearance

This smallish apple is pretty, with flecks of brownish red over a pale yellow background.

When they’re available

Early season (usually mid-August).

Quality for fresh eating

Good.

Quality for cooking

Mainly used for fresh eating.

Quality for cider

Early apples like Irish Peach tend not to be used much in cider, although some included in a blend could add some useful acid.

Keeping ability

None (you'll want to eat the day it's picked).