Last season I complained about the insipid taste of this peach variety. This year it was one of only two peach varieties on my property to create crop, so it should win a place of affection in my heart- right?
Nope. Because it is the only peach I have to eat right now, its deficient flavor is even more pronounced. Its official name must have come about by way of a typo at the office of the breeding program responsible for its introduction. It was supposed to be called Flavorbust.
I put in a couple of these trees in 2012 mainly because Adams carried it, and I thought with a name like FlavrBurst (Officially, they leave out the O, but you’re right they should have left out the R) the peach had to have top notch flavor.
I should have know better since the name really doesn’t contain the word “flavor”, but some word imitating flavor, just like the peach.
I’ve got those two trees marked for removal this year. Not only are they are a sub-acid, but my FlavrBurst get bac. spot something terrible.
I went to that link as well, and didn’t notice the spelling- thanks. I was glad to see that Summerfest is not in the same category because I have five of them as well. I will have to entirely graft over the FB’s before I can sell them in good conscience. I must have purchased ten Flavorbursts, and not many of my grafts on them took this year. Such a bummer.
Of course, you might not feel that way if you were in the business of creating new varieties and having to market them. Anything that increases the likelihood and speed in which a promising new variety will be adopted by the growers and the public is crucial. Patents don’t really last long.
Yeah most have to find a nursery to propagate and market, usually how it works. Most nurseries don’t develop anything. Some exceptions with flowers and such. I decided if I happen to develop anything good, I’ll just give it away. unless it’s like an amazing plant that is a real stand out. then I might seek advice to patent. I found a good patent lawyer already. Just by chance. I took his card though!
Looks like Adams might be carrying this variety because they had a hand in it’s development.
I got a chuckle at their description of it …
“FlavrBurst is another high-quality freestone peach that has a good amount of sweetness, but is **lower in acidity than typical peach varieties. It may be more suitable for those who cannot tolerate acidic fruits, but still desire a “peachy” flavor…”
Sounds like they’re trying to say something without saying it.
Ah ha a moment of clarity. Sometimes even my operation can’t get brix high enough to enjoy low acid fruit. But I just picked a puny low acid peach off a drought stressed tree. The brix was 24 and it was marvelous. Best peach of the yr.
Sometimes it’s not the fruit. It’s the growing conditions. Or maybe better put the growing conditions don’t provide what the fruit needs to really shine.
Many climates often can’t get brix high enough to make a good peach unless it has a good acidic kicker. But IME and for my taste even those peaches are better at higher brix.
Yes I agree with that. This year though was drier than it usually is, way drier, yet brix for me was higher last year? I did water my trees more, but not that much, so I’m at a loss to explain the lower brix? Some trees didn’t produce any fruit this year due to the late freeze, maybe somehow that is a factor? Maybe my trees are just that much more established and found water by themselves?
I’m about to harvest Spice Zee Nectaplum. Which produced more fruit than any tree I have. Maybe 70 nectarines on it.See how the brix is on that one.