These peaches look like a squashed honeycrisp apple, as they are lighter in color than regular peaches and have a flattened shape similar to a donut or Saturn's rings. Here's everything you need to know about this tasty summer fruit (we know you'll enjoy them as much as we do!)
The donut peach, also referred to as a Saturn, UFO, Jupiter, Chinese or flat white peach, is a variety of flat peaches that have been traced back to ancient China. Rumor has it these donut-shaped peaches were first brought to the Western world thousands of years ago via the Silk Road, but they still remain a novelty in the U.S.
Donut peaches are named for their similar shape, but also happen to be extra-sweet like donuts, thanks to a honey gene found in most Chinese peaches that give them a candy-like taste. The inside of a donut peach is creamy and juicy, and even has a smaller, easy-to-remove pit!
We're advocates of eating fruit daily as part of a healthy diet, and donut peaches can certainly be included in your daily count. While we aren't sure of the exact nutritional values of these squat-shaped peaches, we're sure they contain a little fiber, potassium and Vitamin C—just like a traditional peach does.
Donut peaches have lower acidity levels than the average peach, making them a good choice for those who don't tolerate acidic foods well. However, these extra-sweet peaches likely have a higher sugar content, which might be something those with diabetes or who are on a low-carb diet should be mindful of.
Donut peaches are popping up everywhere this summer, and they are easier to find than you'd think! They are typically available from May until late August, and we have currently spotted them at farmers' markets and giant food retailers.
You can pick up a bushel (or five) at your local Trader Joe's, Safeway, Wegmans, Whole Foods, Publix, The Fresh Market and Sprouts. We'll keep our eye out for more locations, as these babies hit peak season.
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Donut peaches are a great substitute for any of your favorite peach recipes, but Specialty Produce warns they may alter the taste of a recipe slightly since they're sweeter and less tart than a traditional peach.
While these funky little peaches are best enjoyed as is on a hot summer's day, we have some fabulous recipes to use them up.
Our sweet and spicy Peach-Mango Salsa is the perfect appetizer for al fresco entertaining this season. We think the super-sweet donut peach would help temper the spice even more.
Our Stone-Fruit Crostatas with Cream Cheese Crust are a beautiful, rustic centerpiece for your next summer brunch and look a lot more difficult to make than they are. And we're betting that donut peaches and cream cheese crust would be a match made in heaven!
This Very Veggie Smoothie is loaded with greens, but it sure doesn't taste like it! Swapping in a donut peach in this recipe would help make this smoothie extra-sweet and kid-friendly!