Many fruit lovers believe that all peaches are delicious, and that may well be the case. If you're planning on canning your peaches, however, you'll need peaches that are more than just tasty. Peaches with firm flesh that separates easily from the pit are best suited to canning. Here's a look at four peach tree varieties to consider planting in your yard if you plan on canning fruit that you harvest.

Angelus

Angelus peaches are self-pollinating, which means you can plant a single tree and still get fruit. They have large, freestone peaches with sweet, firm flesh that is great for canning. The peaches are large, too, which means you'll have fewer to peel while trying to fill those jars. Angelus peaches are generally ripe between August 1st and 15th.

Contendor

A great choice for regions with late spring frosts, contendor peaches are cold-tolerant. They have a sweet and juicy yellow flesh and separate easily from the pit. Even dwarf contendor peach trees produce bountiful crops, so you will have an abundance of fruit to can for use throughout the winter. Contendor peaches are self-pollinating and their peaches ripen in mid-August.

Elegant Lady

Known for their very firm fruit and balanced flavor, elegant lady peaches are a classic yellow peach variety. They ripen in mid to late July, which is earlier than many peach varieties. You could try planting elegant lady peaches and another later-ripening variety to extend your harvest season. These peaches are very large and store well, thanks to their firmness.

Bounty

A classic peach variety that has been around for generations, bounty peaches have white flesh that easily separates from the pit. The trees are very hardy and resistant to bacterial spot diseases, making them a wise choice if spot diseases are prevalent in your area. Bounty peaches are not overly sweet, but they have a complex flavor that stands up well to canning. They ripen in late August.

If you're planning on canning your peaches, it's important to plant a variety that will stand up to the task and not just turn to mush in your hands as you try to slice it. You don't have to stick to just one variety, either. Plant an early ripening variety and a later one, so you aren't struggling to can all of your peaches at the same time. Planting white bounty peaches and a classic yellow peach variety is also fun, since it allows you to create attractive mixed cans of sliced yellow and white peaches. Talk to a tree expert like Luxton Tree Service for more information.

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