Friday, August 23, 2013

Donut Peaches

Until recently many of us had never heard of Donut Peaches. Somebody brought some into the office today and they are a white flesh  delicacy. 
Known as donut peaches, they are also often called saturn peaches because of their flat shape..  Other known names are paraguayo peach, pan tao peach, saucer peach, belly-up peach, UFO peach or hat peach.  They came here from China in 1989 but they have not been known for growing on the ridge.
According to Mother Earth 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. William Woys Weaver, a Mother Earth News contributing editor and author of 100 Vegetables and Where They Came From, thinks  'Saturn' peaches are among the very best of the white-flesh varieties. Saturn' peaches have an unusually flat shape, and are named for their resemblance to the rings of Saturn. They're also called 'Donut' or Doughnut' peaches. 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.

 Donut peaches are excellent not only for  for snacking but also for grilling.

These donut peaches don't grow on the tree already cored.


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