My Peaches are Spicy

ShastaBertJuly 21, 2014

I just harvested my first peach of the season and the first from this tree. Much to my surprise it was spicy, like a mild 'hot' pepper. My lips and tongue were burning. Now, I'm almost 60 years old so how have I never heard of this before. Is this a normal characteristic and can I expect this to continue. This was a young Veteran Peach Tree grown from bareroot. Any info shed here would be greatly appreciated.

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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

I've never seen that. Could they possibly be too green?

    Bookmark   July 21, 2014 at 11:03PM
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Something was sprayed on the peach at one point? You used a knife to slice the peach that had not been thoroughly cleaned after cutting peppers?

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 12:33AM
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alan haigh

Are there dimples in the fruit from stinkbug injury?

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 4:58AM
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drew51 SE MI Z5b/6a

Could it be a nerve cell disorder, cross wiring? Just kidding. I'm growing so many hot peppers, i have like hundreds of them, I would be very bummed if my peach tree was spicy. I'm drying peppers today. Gonna make some jerk sauce, some lemon drop hot sauce, good times! Some paprika peppers are ready to dry.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 9:09AM
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milehighgirl(CO USDA 5B/Sunset 2B)

Isn't it too early for Veteran to be ripe?

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 9:26AM
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Ok, these are all good possibilities, unfortunately, none of them worked :D
Yesterday I saved part of the fruit for my wife to try when she got home from work. She popped it in her mouth, went MMMM and walked away. After prompting her she said "nope, sweet and juicy". She never got any heat and this morning I picked a second one to try... no heat. I'm not sure how, or why, but apparently it was a fluke. I did notice that ants had eaten their way into the pit of another one. Maybe they're related, maybe not. Either way, they're delicious and I appreciate all the responses. I'll be mulling them over while I eat the other 30 peaches this week :o

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 2:38PM
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Scott F Smith(6B/7A MD)

You might have eaten a few of the ants. I recall a burning sensation on my tongue from eating ants on fruits.


    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 8:55PM
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olpea(zone 6 KS)

Milehigh is quite right. Veteran is a late peach.

I can't imagine Veteran ripening in Oregon this early.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2014 at 10:55PM
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