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Volume III
August 23, 2013

Weekly Home / Cook'n & Eat'n

It's Peach Season, So Bring On the Donuts!

By Alice Osborne

So what do peaches have to do with donuts? Stick with me. Most peaches found in the United States have yellow flesh, but many white-flesh peaches are starting to show up in our grocery stores, too.

And one white-fleshed peach that I'd never heard of or seen before was shared with us by our close friend and neighbor who happens to be an orchardist. Marv Pack brought us some Donut peaches. They have an unusually flat shape, so are also called Saturn peaches, named for their resemblance to the rings of Saturn. In fact, many supermarkets package the flat peaches in long boxes like those used for doughnuts, and market them as a good-for-you snack food.

Well good-for-you is an understatement. These are just plain GOOD! We were oooing and ahhhing with every bite. We couldn't get over how juicy and sweet they were. And one of the things we really liked about this peach was how easy it was to eat.

You know how most fully ripe peaches just drip goodness all over your chin and shirt front? Not the donut peach. Super juicy and sweet, but without the mess.

I was curious as to what the news on the Internet was regarding this new peach, so I went surfing. Mother Earth News says it best. Here's their TOP 10 REASONS TO CHOOSE A DONUT (or Saturn) PEACH:

  1. They taste better than other peaches. They're sweeter, with almond overtones.
  2. They are lower in acid than other peaches.
  3. The pit doesn't cling to the flesh, so it's easy to pop out with your thumb.
  4. The fruit's thin, red skin has little or no fuzz, so it doesn't have to be peeled.
  5. Their small size lends itself to being eaten out of hand.
  6. The frost-hardy, highly pest- and disease-resistant trees are easy to grow in most areas.
  7. You can count on Saturn peach trees to produce an abundant harvest—up to twice as many peaches as other varieties.
  8. The trees bloom earlier in the spring than other varieties, and put on an absolutely spectacular show of pink blossoms.
  9. Most of the nursery stock is now grafted to dwarf roots, making easy work of pruning and harvesting.
  10. By planting a rarer variety of peach, you are helping to preserve biodiversity and maintain diverse seed stocks for generations to come.


Alice Osborne
Weekly Newsletter Contributer since 2006

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