Ripening Honey Royale nectarine

fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TXJuly 12, 2013

Honey Royale, best fruit I grow.

Below the right side of cut fruit is soft and translucent. This is the sweetest, most flavorful, and best eating. On the left side still slightly green and firm. It takes 2-3 days at room temperature to get the whole fruit soft. If it's handled too much the flesh darkens and looks somewhat unappetizing but still tastes great.

I try to pick when the tip first softens. The final fully ripe stage is 2-3 days after that. Not something you'll get in the store. Store bought are probably picked 7-14 days before tip softens.

This post was edited by fruitnut on Fri, Jul 12, 13 at 10:35

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Oh Fruitnut, once again, you've outdone yourself. What I like about your photos is that you make the fruit look as if we can taste it! It would make a fabulous tart without the need of sugar I bet! Wish I could grow nectarines. Brix?

    Bookmark   July 12, 2013 at 10:36AM
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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

These are about 20-22 brix which gives great fruit on this variety. The tree is 8 yrs old, deep rooted, and has had the top cut back a lot. That doesn't allow the real high brix as I can't stress the tree enough.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2013 at 10:57AM
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franktank232(z5 WI)


What is your latest ripening nectarine? What is your latest ripening stonefruit?

I need to grow one of these Honey series fruits..

    Bookmark   July 12, 2013 at 11:30AM
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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

Arctic Snow is my latest about September first. Flavor Treat pluot is about a month later.

You could grow Honey Royale if you manage Flavor King this year. As it's earlier by about a week. They'd both probably do better in that high tunnel you have planned.

If only one get Honey Royale from ACN. Otherwise get both Honey Blaze and Royale. For anyone who doesn't know both are available from Adam's County Nursery.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2013 at 11:43AM
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franktank232(z5 WI)

Clemson University had this to say for 2012 (grown at Musser Research Farm):


Low set, suture bulge, split pits, uneven halves, oblong, tips, good sweet taste

Plant Patent #12008 (Zaiger Genetics, Modesto, CA, 2001). A new and distinct variety of nectarine tree, which is of large size, vigorous, upright growth and a regular and productive bearer of large, freestone, yellow flesh fruit with excellent flavor and eating quality. The fruit is further characterized by having firm flesh with good handling and shipping quality, the flesh being moderately juicy with a mild, sweet, sub-acid flavor, with the ability to hold firm on the tree for 2 weeks after maturity (shipping ripe), and having a high degree of attractive red skin color. In comparison to the Honey Kist Nectarine (U.S. Plant Pat. No. 9,333), which has a similar mild, sweet, sub-acid flavor, the new variety produces fruit that is larger in size and is approximately 25 days later in maturity. "

    Bookmark   July 12, 2013 at 3:15PM
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Adams County does not ship to California (how I WISH these places would put that on their main web page instead of burying it on the "check out" page)

Carla in Sac

    Bookmark   July 12, 2013 at 3:56PM
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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX


That description admits that they pick two weeks before ripe. Picked that early I think the quality can't possibly be all that good.


Not sure why DWN won't sell Honey Royale or Honey Blaze retail in CA when they allow ACN to sell it all across the rest of the country. Maybe they don't rate it high enough quality. I'm eating Arctic Jay also right now and I prefer the Royale based on flavor not sweetness, both are very sweet.

Quality could be different in CA.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2013 at 6:09PM
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