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The 2012 ASHS Annual Conference

White Delight Peach Series: Medium Chill, Low-acid, White-fleshed Peach Cultivars

Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Grand Ballroom
David H. Byrne, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
In the early 1990s, the Texas A&M University Prunus Breeding and Genetics Program began to develop a series of low-acid, white- fleshed peach cultivars adapted to the medium chill zone of the southern United States. This work has resulted in four new low-acid, white-fleshed peach cultivars that ripen consecutively from early June to mid July in the medium chill zone of Texas. This is the first series of low-acid, white-fleshed peaches released for the medium chill zone of the United States. These all bloom within several days of ‘June Gold’, have lower acidity, similar size and skin blush color and better fruit shape and firmness than 'June Gold'. These cultivars resulted from crosses done between adapted breeding materials and high chill, low-acid, white-fleshed peaches from California, Japan, and China.