What is the difference between a Freestone Peach and a Clingstone Peach?

Didn’t know there were different types of peaches? You are not alone; it is not common knowledge that there are different types, but if you were to bite into a Clingstone Peach expecting a Freestone Peach you would notice the difference immediately.

A Freestone peach is what most of us are familiar with. They have a higher moisture content and are generally very colourful. The key fact to know about them though, is that the stone can easily be removed. With a Freestone peach, the inside flesh does not cling to the stone, which makes it easy to remove. For this reason, a Freestone peach is much easier to eat and cut, which is why this is the type many of us are familiar with.

A Clingstone peach’s stone, as you might guess from its name, is difficult to remove as the flesh of the peach adheres to the stone. A Clingstone peach typically has a lighter colour and a slightly lower moisture content. Clingstone peaches can be difficult to eat as they are firmer and you have to manouvre around the stone. Because Clingstone peaches are firmer, difficult to work with and tend to bruise easily, they are often used where their appearance is not essential.

Now that you know the difference between a Freestone and a Clingstone peach, next time you are shopping you may notice the distinctions of the two peaches and can avoid the mistake of biting into a Clingstone peach.