Upon my visit with @BobVance, I gave him some fresh fruit I picked up along the way from Elam Smucker at Kissell Hill Farm of Lititz, PA.
We decided to sample the goodies, and measure the brix with Bob's refractometer.
Here is Harrow Diamond as grown on mature trees at Kissell Hill. Notice there is some red in the flesh.
This peach was juicy, tangy, and came in at 10 brix. It had a strong peachy flavor. The flesh holds together nicely. Has good texture. Freestone!
We also sampled a white peach. Mr. Smucker had said these were either Sugar May or Spring Snow. Initially, I thought they looked like Sugar May... but now I am convinced they are Spring Snow. Spring Snow has thick skin that I find unpalatable, but pulls easily away from the flesh. Sugar May is pure white inside and has pure white peach flavor (no acid). Spring Snow can have some red in the flesh, and a more tangy, even sour, acidity in the flavor profile. I am sure this batch is Spring Snow. In the past, I have poo-pooed this variety. This sample I shared at Bob's is the best batch of these I've ever eaten: sizeable, juicy, tangy, sour. The usual thick skin. Fairly freestone, but still a little fibrous and messy. Bob noted a cranberry undertone to the flavor with which I cannot disagree. This specimen Bob is holding measured in at 9.5 brix.
We also measured Sentry. It came in at 9 brix. A little fibrous and messy. VERY juicy. Tangy flavor.
At the time of my visit, we did not yet sample the mystery white nectarine. I told Bob I suspected they are Arctic Glo, and subsequent sampling on my own confirms this. They have lots of red mixed into the white flesh. The pockets of red pigment have an explosive tart cranberry flavor in spades. Thick skin and cling-stoniness are annoying traits, but not deal-breakers for this nect. It's flavor - and earliness in an Eastern season - make it a sure winner. I ate one today and it was amazing. Super sweet and zippy tart flavor. Pockets of red pigment were explosively flavorful.
I also gave Bob a sampling of Emperor Francis white cherries. They hit 16 brix.
Here is the whole collection I gifted to Bob - minus the cherries - with brix readings. (Remember: The white peach is mislabeled as Sugar May. It is actually Spring Snow).
I also gave Bob some summer budwood for a few apples, Euro plums, and an apricot. And he put me to work picking his smelly black currants! I could not imagine enjoying consuming the currants. Then Bob toasted me a bagel, and spread butter and his black currant jam all over it. It was delicious!
He showered me with more gifts. He gave me:
TWO full jars of homemade Niagara grape jelly.
Various spools of medical-grade parafilm for grafting.
A potted Neptune grapevine.
Another grapevine he says is likely Jupiter but might be Joy. I'll take it!
We inspected the fruit-set on his multi-budded pear trees. They are loaded! He has fruitlets of Harvest Queen, Elliot, Concorde, and Magness. Most of the fruitlets look flawless. No blemishes or disease issues. Very exciting.
Bob was the most gracious host, and I am indebted to him for his kindness. Thanks, Bob. I'm wishing you lots of happy harvests this year!