Hi folks. I just harvested in advance of the cold weather. My peaches are gross. Like bad for grocery store. Trulf awful and im both sad and at a loss.
Starting from the start:
Im in denver. We have three varieties, all havens (cant recall which).
We got pounded by hail twice and had a cold spring. June drop didnt happen till july. During hail i thinned badly damaged peaches and then after july drop i thinned as always.
One tree lost a lot of fruit but ripened early sept. We always let the peaches get pretty close to fully ripe on the tree. This tree was delicious as always. When the peaches had rich peach aroma and felt the right amount of soft we picked them. Had run down your arm juciness and loved every bite.
The other trees are supposed to be later blooming/ripening. In sept the f the other two were still green.
Shortly after the peaches got fully red but remained rock hard. As usual we explained to the neighbors that they were not ripe. Neighbors picked one or two of them and said “mmmm” we thought “huh?” And tried one. Rock hard, no peach smell, tasted totally green.
Last week friends came and asked to pick a couple. We said not ripe but aure. They said “delicious!” We said “huh?” And picked one…barely any peach aroma, rock hard.
Today some feel right and have 1/3 the aroma id expect. I thought yay! Ripe. Cut one and just gross. Mealy, very little peach taste, no juice. Sampled half a dozen more, firmer and soft, all just yuck. Couple strangely appeared over-ripe be overripe because the pit seemed to be putting out roots into the peach. Didnt taste over ripe, was the same mealy gross.
Im at a loss.
Can i do anything with these to make it not a total waste? Ideas on what happened and what i could have done wrong/differently?
Additional info- this is the first real crop from one tree but the others have made dreamy delicious perfect peaches before.