What’s the Difference? White and Yellow Peaches

updated Sep 16, 2022
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A luscious, juicy peach is one of summer’s ultimate pleasures, but which is better: white or yellow? Opinions are divided in our household. Some prefer yellow peaches, citing their “classic peachy flavor,” while others praise the sweetness of white peaches. Do you have a preference?

The Difference Between White and Yellow Peaches

If you’ve spotted a white or yellow peach at the farmer’s market, here’s what to know before you buy:

  • Skin color: From the outside, yellow and white peaches are distinguished by their skin color – deep yellow with a red or pink blush for the former versus pale and pink for the latter.
  • Acidity level: Inside, the golden flesh of the yellow peach is more acidic, with a tartness that mellows as the peach ripens and softens. White-fleshed peaches are lower in acid and taste sweet whether firm or soft.
  • Flavor: White peaches have a delicate, floral sweetness, while yellow peaches have a more intense flavor.
  • Handling: White peaches also more delicate and easily bruised, which kept them from being sold in most stores until the 1980s, when hardier varieties were developed.
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As for cooking, white and yellow peaches can be used interchangeably in recipes, according to your preference. We generally think white peaches are excellent for eating out of hand or in some grilling recipes, and yellow peaches are great for baking.

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