Yeah, mine taste good this year also- maybe better than the similar Silver Gem, which ripens earlier, and this year in the middle of a lot of rain. I’m beginning to believe that in the humid region, the quality of peaches and nectarines is affected a lot by the week or 2 of weather preceding picking. Not just about rain, but having enough strong sun between rain- the soil has stayed saturated here this year. This year Jade was probably my best white nectarine. It has some acid and good sugar and actually produced large fruit for such an early nect. In the past it was a cracker, but somehow it didn’t crack too much this year. It ripens exactly with Silver Gem, which didn’t and doesn’t seem to crack much based on 3 seasons.
That said, for some reason, a dry 2nd half of summer didn’t improve brix of later fruit that much last year after a way too wet and cloudy first half (worse than this year). This stuff is very complicated- the more you learn the less you know.
By the way, I ate a perfect Necterfest the other day. Didn’t measure but it must have been about 17 brix. Others have been almost as good but not quite there. A nice thing about it is that it doesn’t color up much like Eastern Glo, which turns bright red which attracts birds. It is a better tasting nect as well and gets higher sugar based on one season of a smallish crop (hardly worth anything, as evaluations go). Also, the Eastern Glo is too crowded by nursery trees big enough to move this fall and shade the tree early and late.
For some reason, my experience is the opposite of Scott’s- often the first couple of crops are the sweetest- then the root system gets established and trees pull in too much water and become too vigorous. Not just at my site either.