“Redhaven Peach” (Prunus persica)
Redhaven peaches are an American heirloom from the work of Dr. Stanley Johnston at the University of Michigan. Redhaven was introduced in 1940 and soon followed by a succession of peach varieties bearing the “Haven” name in honor of the South Haven experimental station at U. Michigan.
Redhaven came to dominate the peach market in the Midwest for nearly fifty years. Now it has been nearly erased from the commercial market in favor of varietal mixtures.
Redhaven is a very productive tree bearing uniform heart-shaped fruit with a prominent apex. It has a melting luscious texture and outstanding flavor. Use a delicate judgment in regards to eating a Redhaven. Wait until the undercoloring is yellow and the fruit yields to touch. Like other yellow peaches red coloring has little value in judging ripeness.
These peaches were grown organically in my garden and hand-harvested near their peak of maturity. They should be fully ripe in a brief time. Do not refrigerate a ripening peach.