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Primarily from California in the summer and Chile in the winter, nectarines and peaches can be excellent fruit when handled properly from the orchard to the table. Proper handling begins with the grower's decision when to harvest. Ideally the fruit should be harvested at the optimal maturity (primarily measured by hardness and sugar level), then either pre-conditioned (held at about 68 F until desired hardness then cooled to below 34 F) or quickly cooled to below 34 F, it is very important to avoid the "Killing Zone" range of temperatures ( 36 F to 50 F). Fruit stored in the "Killing Zone" has a significantly greater risk of being dry or mealy. Final ripening is best started prior to the fruit being put on the shelf in a store, thus minimizing the ripening period for the consumer. Studies have proven that ripe fruit on the shelf out sells hard fruit 2 to 1.

Many regional customers rely on TMK Produce as their supplier of all things local. Many local growers of peaches and nectarines depend on TMK to help "push" the crop at the peak of the season.

Every year exciting new varieties are coming to market. We carry a wide selection of tray pack and volume fill pack styles. Categories include yellow flesh and white flesh in both conventional and tree ripe.
Handling / Storage
Peaches
Temperature: shipping point and in transit, 32 - 34 F, 0 - 1.1 C;
receiving, 51 - 77 F, 10.6 - 25 C
Relative humidity: 90 - 95%
Mist: No
Typical shelf life: 14 - 21 days
Ethylene producer
Highly sensitive to freezing injury

Nectarines
Temperature: 31-32 F, -0.6 - 0 C
Relative humidity: 90 - 95%
Mist: No
Typical shelf life: 14 - 21 days

Holding nectarines at room temperature for two to three days usually will be enough to complete the ripening process.
Ripening at 65 F, 18.48 C, is optimum, but a range of 51 -77F, 10.6 - 25.2 C, is safe.

Nectarines and Peaches are susceptible to dehydration and always should be stored and displayed away from drafts. Cover displays at night and never stack more than two high to avoid damage.
Packaging
Common PLU's
Peaches
4399 - Indian
4043 - Tree-ripened, small
4044 - Tree-ripened, large
4400 - White, small
4401 - White, large
4402 - Yellow, small, East
4037 - Yellow, small, West
4403 - Yellow, large, East
4038 - Yellow, large, West
3113 - Saturn Peach

Nectarines
4035 - Small
4036 - Large
4377 - Tree-ripened, small
4378 - Tree-ripened, large
4188 - White flesh, small
3035 - White flesh, large
Common Varieties
     
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