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Don't Throw Out Your Thinned Peach and Nectarine Fruit (and Almond)!!!!

http://xtremehorticulture.blogspot.com/2012/03/dont-throw-out-your-...

If you thin your peaches or nectarines you will end up with "baby peaches" Pick early so they are no larger than a large olive, try pickling them and packing them in oil for home use just as you would olives. They do this in the Mediterranean and Middle East where some people do not let any fruit go to waste....

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Hmm.. looks interesting, maybe I'll try this next year, but I had to think out my peaches several weeks ago.  Right now they're more like the size of golf balls.

 

I've got to say I LOVE the sight.  I've been attempting olives for a while, and noticed that she had several olive recipes and techniques that helped to fill in a few of my questions.

Too late but as Trevor said good idea for next year.

What a great idea, Powell!!  We are (that is to say Deane is - breaks my heart to take off baby fruit) still thinning as our trees fruit out at different times.  Thank you!!!

Powell, I am a little confused here. I followed your link to http://xtremehorticulture.blogspot.com/search/label/peaches

where they say to definitely think NEctarines. But this pickling does sound interesting. My issue though is MANY of my peaches have grown  with a connection together. SO to get rid of one would be to get rid of both. AND they are already bigger than an olive. MAybe 1" or more diameter. SUggestions?

Nectarines are simply fuzzless peaches.

If you want bigger fruit you must thin them out.  This also may be important if the weight of the branches gets too much for any branch to bear in the winds.  The fact that two or more fruit ar touching is a recipe for disaster as this is where insects and microorganisms enter the fruit and spoil it.  The fruit will at least be scarred and misshapen at this contact point including up against branches. 

You usually leave the biggest one about every 4-8" separation (more the second and maybe third year as the branches are still developing). But if the biggest has an issue dump it for a smaller fruit. You can also select fruit that appears to be better shaded by outer leaves.   While you should be able to pull one away without loosing the other you can simply cut one of the stems off (though this may effect future fruiting depending upon what structures fruits are borne upon.

As for too big to pickle, if a hard seed structure has started to form then yes unless you want to treat it as a pit or cut in half to promote pickling. 

this is going to be some serious tough love!  MANY of the peaches are literally growing together!

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