Texas A&M AgriLife Research has released four low-acid white peach varieties to nurseries for propagation.
Most white-fleshed peaches, which are preferred in China, Japan and Taiwan export markets, are grown in California.
But that may change with the release of these varieties developed for the medium-chill zone, according to a news release.
The four varieties—part of the White Delight series—were developed by David Byrne in College Station.
They have been dubbed White Delight One, White Delight Two, White Delight Three and White Delight Four.
All have excellent flavor and melting flesh. The flesh color ranges from creamy white to as much as 80 percent striped red or orange-red.
Three are clingstone, whereas one is a semi-freestone.
Fruit size ranges from medium to large, depending on the number of fruit per tree, according to a Texas A&M informational flier.
White Delight One and White Delight Two require 550 chill hours whereas White Delight Three and White Delight Four require about 700 chill hours.
They ripen consecutively from late May through mid-July.
The varieties have been tetsted in three locations: Fairfield and College Station, Texas, and Fresno, Calif. Fruit from the research trees scored high in taste tests, according to the release.
Budwood is available to nurseries under a licensing agreement with AgriLife Research.