5 Reasons to Try a Donut Peach

5 Reasons to Try a Donut Peach
Posted June 1, 2015

Stone fruit season is upon us. Peaches, nectarines, plums, and pluots arrived a few weeks early this year, so take advantage of the juicy sweet flavor they offer. And try a donut peach. Also called the 'Saturn' peach or saucer peach, they're small, squat, with a dimpled center, and just the right size for a few bites.

Five Reasons to Try Donut Peaches:

  1. They are free stone, meaning the pit doesn't stick to the flesh of the peach, making it easier to eat.
  2. The flesh is very sweet with almond undertones.
  3. They're small and easily eaten out of hand. Good for snacking.
  4. They make great jam, compotes, juices, and pies.
  5. They're full of fiber, vitamin A & C, with no sodium or cholesterol.

Pick up a handful of donut peaches at the farmers' market. They will be available for another month or so. Use as you would other peach varieties. Grilled Donut Peaches 4 donut peaches 1 tablespoon of butter, melted 1 tablespoon brown sugar Chopped walnuts or pecans Vanilla ice cream Slice peaches lengthwise and remove pit. Do not remove skin. Brush with butter. Place on medium high grill for about 5 to 6 minutes or until peaches are soft and have grill marks. Place on a platter and sprinkle with brown sugar and nuts. Serve with vanilla ice cream. Recipe: Debra Morris, PCFMA.

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