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
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.
So what's so great about ?Saturn' peaches?
1. They taste better than other peaches. They're sweeter, with
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
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.
Peaches are easy for home gardeners to grow. The following
mail-order nurseries offer bare-root ?Saturn' peach trees. Plan to
order them in the winter for early spring planting.
To learn more, read
in the Oct./Nov. 2006 issue of Mother Earth