French stone fruit growers say they are ready to go to market next summer with a new peach variety that has been created by crossing a traditional small vineyard peach with a variety of nectarine.
The new, as yet unnamed, fruit, produced in the Lyons region, retains the original peach’s red, almost purple, flesh colour but is much larger in size, say project bosses.
Crop projections for next year are for 700 tonnes of the fruit.
Such volumes mean that it will remain a niche product for now, but output is expected to continue to rise year-on-year.
The season will last through August and September.