What is the difference between a "cling" and a "freestone" peach?

Gardens & Landscapes September 14, 2008 Print Friendly and PDF
The terms "cling" and "freestone" refer to the adherence of the peach flesh to the pit (stone). Cling peaches have a tight adherence to the pit and freestone peaches have little or no adherence of the flesh to the pit. There are also peach varieties that are semi-cling or semi-freestone, where there is some adherence of the flesh to the pit. 

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.