What is in this article?:
- New CaroTiger peach cultivar coming from Clemson
- Fills important niche
• The fourth in the “Caro” — for South Carolina — series, this late-season peach will be available to growers in January 2013.
Fills important niche
Layne sees CaroTiger fitting into an important niche in the late-season when many cultivars at this time of the year may have marginal eating quality, drop prematurely or are susceptible to disease.
“It’s a really attractive peach," he said.
"When you cut through the skin into the flesh, you can see that beautiful yellow flesh. It’s a yellow-fleshed, melting flesh, freestone. Occasionally, there may be some red pigmentation around the pit. It’s no problem. Those are anthocyanin pigments, which are antioxidants, which is a health benefit for you.”
Layne explained his choice of the name CaroTiger:
“Well, over the last several years, there have been other peach releases from Clemson," he said.
"There’s been Caroking, Carored, Carogem. So this goes along in that same series of names: Caro being Carolina or South Carolina and Tiger because the Clemson Tiger is our university mascot. If you look at the surface of the skin, you’ve got this yellow background color and you’ve got the red over-color or blush. It kind of looks like a tiger.”
Each week this peach season, Layne has created a new video recommending the top-performing peach for that timeframe. CaroTiger is featured as No. 18 in this year’s series. It and many other educational videos can be viewed at his “Everything About Peaches” website at http://www.clemson.edu/peach.
The CaroTiger video can be viewed at http://www.clemson.edu/extension/peach/video_everything_about_peaches/peach_picks18.html.