What is the difference between freestone, clingstone, and semi-freestone?
As a rule, the flesh of clingstone peaches and nectarines holds tightly to the pit, while in freestone varieties, the flesh easily separates from the pit when the peach is halved and then twisted. In semi-freestone varieties, the flesh easily separates from the pit once the fruit is fully ripened.
Early in the growing season peaches and nectarines are clingstone, and they become freestone at the peak of the season. Peaches remain freestone until the season is over; however, late varieties of nectarines become clingstone again.