Tips, suture bulge, uneven halves, red around pit, pigment in flesh, good acidic taste
Formerly tested as NJ352, Messina is a yellow-flesh, melting flesh, freestone peach developed by Dr. Joseph C. Goffreda, Rutgers University. It was patented on September 25, 2007 (#18091).
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
The present invention relates to a new and distinct variety of peach tree named `NJ352`. Our new tree resulted from crossing `D90-9` as the seed parent with `NJ318` peach tree, as the pollen parent. The new variety differs from seed parent `D90-9` (unpatented) in that the new variety has small, nonshowy flowers and fruit that ripen in the latter part of mid-season, while the seed parent has large, showy flowers and fruit that do not ripen during a typical growing season. The new variety differs from pollen parent `NJ318` (unpatented) in that the new variety has fruit with yellow-orange flesh and moderate acidity, while the pollen parent has fruit with white flesh and low acidity. The resulting tree was selected when growing in a cultivated area as the 162.sup.nd tree in the 101.sup.st row of Block D at the Rutgers Fruit research and Extension Center in Cream Ridge, N.J.
BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
The `NJ352` variety is distinguished from other peach varieties due to the following unique combination of characteristics: Attractive round fruit with a slightly depressed apex point. Fruit with an attractive yellow-orange ground color. Good production of firm fruit. Fruit has better than average eating quality. The variety was asexually reproduced at the Rutgers Fruit Research and Extension Center in Cream Ridge, N.J. Asexual reproduction of this new variety by budding onto `Lovell` rootstock (unpatented) shows that the foregoing characteristics are so reproduced.
Evaluations are based on a 1-8 scale (6=OK,7=Commercially acceptable, 8=Excellent)
Size is in inches
Shape: round is assumed, T=tip, P=point, S=suture, OB=oblate, OV=ovate
Freeness: 3=early cling, 8=completely free
Status: 0=discard, 1=keep
Notes: SOS=soft on suture, SOT=soft on tip, RIF=red in flesh, GAS=green around stem
RAP=red around pit, GGC=green ground color, sz=size, wh=white, yt=young tree, CCT=concave tip
Bloom date is when approx. 90% of blooms are open (full bloom)
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