This is the first year I’ve gotten any Carnival fruit and I’m pretty impressed. It is a small 2nd year tree on Citation, maybe 4’ wide and 5-6’ tall- pretty big for citation at that age, as most of mine runted out. The tree is carrying about a dozen fruit and they are all pretty large.
I had the first about a week ago, when it cracked after the rainstorm. 14-17 brix, some acid, and crisp. A far cry from the 8-12 brix (with more on the low end) garbage that most of my peaches have been this year.
Today, I noticed a spot of rot on one and picked it before it got worse. Best peach of the year so far. 15-18 brix and very good flavor. The darker part had the higher brix…
It was so good that I picked another one. This next one was from further into the canopy and less ripe- more like 15 brix, which was still very good, though it had more acid bite and was firmer.
I know it is early to get excited about a peach, but I am a bit excited. I suppose it is also possible that the young age (not too much shading growth), the moderate load (12 fruit on a tree that size isn’t light, but it isn’t seriously overloaded either), and the additional sun we’ve had recently all help it be sweeter than the earlier peaches.
To add a bit of quantification to my last statement, September generation on my solar panels is set to outperform last year (102%), while the June, July, and August were 88%, 95%, and 92% of last year.
I’m looking forward to Heath Cling as well, but they have a ways to go (the 4-5 on the 2nd year tree). Interestingly, HC’s fruit have been small for the entire year and have just recently started to get bigger. Carnival on the other hand has been almost full size for quite a while. I assume they must add sugar as the time goes on, but I didn’t waste any fruit to test that this year.