This seldom seen old-timer still bears the title of 'the hardiest nectarine'. Developed by Elwyn Meader of New Hampshire, it supposedly withstands winter temperatures of -29°C. Mid-sized fruit with smooth, dark red skin and firm, juicy, freestone flesh has rich and sweet, yet tangy flavour. Mericrest has respectable disease resistance for a nectarine, particularly to brown rot and bacterial leaf spot.
SELF-FERTILE | ZONE 4/5 | HARVEST: LATE AUG.