For many generations of American peach lovers, the earliest fine peach. Discovered on the farm of L Amsden at Cartago, Missouri and introduced into the trade in the 1890s, Amsden peach created a market for early fresh peaches where none existed before: a soft, melting-fleshed, juicy freestone or semifree peach for the Midwest's Fourth of July. Skin colored brilliant red on a smaller than usual fruit, flesh white, juicy, sweet and luscious. We now have peach varieties that come earlier - Springtime, Mayflower - which are descended from Amsden, but the original is still the best. Productive and requires rigorous thinning. Ripens for us at end May to early June, ten days after Springtime. On Lovell.
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