Why Do My Peaches Taste Bitter?

My peaches have a slightly bitter taste. For the first few years they tasted great, but the last two the peaches have been bitter. Any suggestions?

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July 22, 20190 found this helpful

You might have had a hot spell and didnt water enough. You also could have soil that is too alkaline.

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July 22, 20190 found this helpful

Not enough rain during hot weather causing rot coming from the core,so sorry

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August 11, 20190 found this helpful

That is so disappointing. When we had a peach tree at my grandmother's house, the peaches were really bitter (and rock hard) the summer before the tree died.

Back then (this was well over 50 years ago) we didn't have Google and she didn't care to go to the library to figure out how to fix it or what could have been done to prevent it from happening. I think she was secretly happy that it died because the fallen peaches brought bees and she couldn't enjoy her back patio when there were bees.

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That said...today we know that we should have checked for a fungus and found a home remedy if the tree had one (green or white scales on the bark--especiailly near the base could mean you have an issue).

And we would have better protected it during a frost (frostbit plants produce bitter fruit) or that are lack of pruning could be a strain on the tree. Unpruned trees often produce bitter fruit.

I do know that there was an old man in the neighborhood who took those bitter peaches and made peach wine with them. I was just a kid so no wine for me...but he was a true product of the depression and made something good from something bad.

I hope you find a solution and can save the tree and get a better crop next season. For these, maybe look into making some wine!!

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