One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A peach or nectarine of a variety in which the flesh adheres to the stone.Contrasted with freestone (sense 2)
- ‘They are generally larger than clingstones with a firmer, less juicy texture but still with a sweet taste.’
- ‘The commercial industry uses clingstones for peaches canned in various levels of syrup.’
- ‘Yellow clingstone peaches are the most popular for this purpose.’
- ‘Most non-melting types are clingstone, meaning the flesh adheres to the pit when ripe.’
- ‘His next adventure will be with ‘Peento’ or doughnut peach, a white-fleshed clingstone peach with a sunken center.’
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