The peach that inspired a son and a tale of orchard survival. ‘Suncrest’ today enjoys a cult status among food enthusiasts and it may be justified as a creative muse. Selected from thousands of seedlings in a production-line USDA breeding program at Fresno in the 1950s, it was promoted particularly for its highly colored skin, not for eating quality. Its heyday was brief, as even darker colored peaches were soon to follow. Skin mostly red, attractive; flesh deep yellow, soft and easily damaged when fully ripe, juicy, fair sugar : acid ratio, good for the dessert. While it is true that a ripe “Suncrest’ excels any supermarket-grade peach today, we offer it in hopes that planting it might inspire our public to make an orchard of other varieties besides. Mid-late July. 650 hours. On Lovell.