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Ripening Honey Royale nectarine

Posted by fruitnut z7b-8a,4500ft SW TX (My Page) on
Fri, Jul 12, 13 at 10:32

Honey Royale, best fruit I grow.

Ripe Honey Royale photo HoneyRoyaleripe002_zps4e2a58ef.jpg

Below the right side of cut fruit is soft and translucent. This is the sweetest, most flavorful, and best eating. On the left side still slightly green and firm. It takes 2-3 days at room temperature to get the whole fruit soft. If it's handled too much the flesh darkens and looks somewhat unappetizing but still tastes great.

I try to pick when the tip first softens. The final fully ripe stage is 2-3 days after that. Not something you'll get in the store. Store bought are probably picked 7-14 days before tip softens.

Ripe right firm left Honey Royale photo HoneyRoyaleripe006_zps113048bf.jpg

This post was edited by fruitnut on Fri, Jul 12, 13 at 10:35

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RE: Ripening Honey Royale nectarine

Oh Fruitnut, once again, you've outdone yourself. What I like about your photos is that you make the fruit look as if we can taste it! It would make a fabulous tart without the need of sugar I bet! Wish I could grow nectarines. Brix?

RE: Ripening Honey Royale nectarine

  • Posted by fruitnut z7b-8a,4500ft SW TX (My Page) on
    Fri, Jul 12, 13 at 10:57

These are about 20-22 brix which gives great fruit on this variety. The tree is 8 yrs old, deep rooted, and has had the top cut back a lot. That doesn't allow the real high brix as I can't stress the tree enough.

RE: Ripening Honey Royale nectarine


What is your latest ripening nectarine? What is your latest ripening stonefruit?

I need to grow one of these Honey series fruits..

RE: Ripening Honey Royale nectarine

  • Posted by fruitnut z7b-8a,4500ft SW TX (My Page) on
    Fri, Jul 12, 13 at 11:43

Arctic Snow is my latest about September first. Flavor Treat pluot is about a month later.

You could grow Honey Royale if you manage Flavor King this year. As it's earlier by about a week. They'd both probably do better in that high tunnel you have planned.

If only one get Honey Royale from ACN. Otherwise get both Honey Blaze and Royale. For anyone who doesn't know both are available from Adam's County Nursery.

RE: Ripening Honey Royale nectarine

Clemson University had this to say for 2012 (grown at Musser Research Farm):


Low set, suture bulge, split pits, uneven halves, oblong, tips, good sweet taste

Plant Patent #12008 (Zaiger Genetics, Modesto, CA, 2001). A new and distinct variety of nectarine tree, which is of large size, vigorous, upright growth and a regular and productive bearer of large, freestone, yellow flesh fruit with excellent flavor and eating quality. The fruit is further characterized by having firm flesh with good handling and shipping quality, the flesh being moderately juicy with a mild, sweet, sub-acid flavor, with the ability to hold firm on the tree for 2 weeks after maturity (shipping ripe), and having a high degree of attractive red skin color. In comparison to the Honey Kist Nectarine (U.S. Plant Pat. No. 9,333), which has a similar mild, sweet, sub-acid flavor, the new variety produces fruit that is larger in size and is approximately 25 days later in maturity. "

RE: Ripening Honey Royale nectarine

Adams County does not ship to California (how I WISH these places would put that on their main web page instead of burying it on the "check out" page)

Carla in Sac

RE: Ripening Honey Royale nectarine

  • Posted by fruitnut z7b-8a,4500ft SW TX (My Page) on
    Fri, Jul 12, 13 at 18:09


That description admits that they pick two weeks before ripe. Picked that early I think the quality can't possibly be all that good.


Not sure why DWN won't sell Honey Royale or Honey Blaze retail in CA when they allow ACN to sell it all across the rest of the country. Maybe they don't rate it high enough quality. I'm eating Arctic Jay also right now and I prefer the Royale based on flavor not sweetness, both are very sweet.

Quality could be different in CA.

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