The Satisfying Spectacular Saturn Donut PeachUniquely Shaped Fruit
Stunning Display of Spring Blooms
When it comes to peaches, the round is boring. Some have more fun and unique shape that will excite and intrigue. The Saturn Donut Peach (Prunus persica ‘Saturn’) is one of these special peaches with oddly shaped fruit. The donut peach originated in China and came to the US in the late 1800s. It is a great candidate for plucking from the tree and gobbling down in a few quick bites.
The Saturn Donut Peach, like the name implies, looks like the planet Saturn with a flatter, smaller in the center thicker on the shape of the edge. And once you remove the pit, it will look just like a small, juicy donut. The skin is a mellow yellow with a little overlay of red. They tend to have less fuzz on them than most peaches. The flesh is white, but sometimes it is more the color of cream, with just a touch of yellow.
While it looks odd, what does the Saturn Donut Peach taste like? They are best eaten raw and that is where this variety excels. Bite into the creamy flesh, and you will find that this freestone peach is extremely sweet and very juicy–bursting with that well loved peach flavor. If you savor a bite, you might even detect a hint of almond flavor.
But the fun begins long before you taste the fruit because the Saturn Donut Peach has branches loaded with beautiful and delicate pink blossoms that will draw butterflies, bees and hummingbirds from miles around.
The Saturn Donut Peach self-pollinates, but planting a second tree can increase your yield. If you don’t have room for a second, maybe you can tempt your neighbor into planting one as well.
The Saturn Donut Peach produces a good crop faster than most varieties, sometimes giving you a hefty crop in the second year. This variety produces well in mid-season and is suited for warmer climates than some peaches. This hardy variety resists bacterial leaf spots and the blooms are susceptible to late frosts.
If you are set on the Saturn Donut Peach, where should you plant it? They like full sun for best fruit production. Make sure that they are planted in fertile, well drained soil. They do need water, especially when it is hot and dry, but be careful not to overwater yours.
So order your Saturn Donut Peach trees before they are sold out, and in just a few short years, you will be strolling your backyard with sweet peach juice dribbling down your chin.