Irish Peach

 (striped and sweet)

Raised in Ireland, and recorded in 1802. Introduced to England in 1820. The old (Edwardian) espalier tree at Northcourt is very probably Irish Peach
Christine Harrison calls this tree ‘Nibbler’ which is a family name. It is small and ready to eat early in the year.  Everything matches with the named tree at Deacons except the colour – the Deacon’s apple has more colour. More open
conditions on the nursery?

Small/medium size. Round/conical but can be flatter, general appearance neat, definitely flattened at base and apex. Skin feels greasy.
Starts pale green, becoming yellow, flushed orange, short broken stripes, becomes brown/orange overall as fruit ripens.  Lenticels pale russet dots on flush but darker green on green earlier.
Skin feels greasy.

Cavity Shallow, not deep, in some cavity non existent, a little russet.
Stalk Stout and just above cavity, the odd exception where stalk is thinner and longer.  Sometimes swollen.
Basin Wide, not too deep, often beaded and ribbed.
Eye small, closed to part open
Sepals broad and convergent, usually broken at tip.
Flesh creamy white, slightly red under flush when ripe. Juicy with good flavour.

Tube funnel, Stamens median, Core axile

Tree large, spreading, tip bearer.

Flowering six days before Cox’s Orange Pippin with Christmas Pearmain

Season : Early to mid August – does not keep