A freestone peach has fruit that falls right off the pit. These peaches are wonderful for eating, canning, and freezing. You just slice the peach down the middle, and pull the pit right out with your fingers and they’re ready to eat! They’re generally available Mid-June to Mid-August.
A clingstone peach has fruit that does not fall off the pit; it clings to the pit and makes them fantastic for eating, but aren’t the best for canning and freezing. These varieties are the early birds of Peaches and you can find them available as early as Mid-May to Early June.