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FlavrBurst has less acidity than typical peach varieties.

FlavrBurst has less acidity than typical peach varieties.

SummerFest and FlavrBurst are two new peach varieties created by fruit breeder Dr. Ralph Scorza at the Appalachian Fruit Research Station in Kearneysville, West Virginia. They have been released through cooperative research with Adams County Nursery, Inc., in Aspers, Pennsylvania. Plant patents are pending.

SummerFest is the second upright-growing peach tree released by the Agricultural Research Service and Adams County Nursery. Upright tree forms are well suited for high-density production systems, according to the ARS. Planted eight feet apart in the row, upright peach trees use land and resources more efficiently and may reduce production costs. SummerFest is a freestone peach with a good balance of sweetness and acidity. It is also firm, which is important for shipping.

FlavrBurst is a sweet, freestone peach with less acidity than most typical peach varieties. The tree has a standard growth habit. Firm fruit is harvested midseason.

Trees of these new cultivars were made available last spring to commercial growers and university test sites for further evaluation. The varieties can be grown in most peach-growing areas.