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The unusual Saturn peach boasts a whitish-yellow skin brushed with colorful red highlights. Short and squat and about three and a half inches in diameter and only about an inch and one-half high, the tender skin is covered with a very fine fuzz. The juicy white flesh offers a delicious sweet flavor, a smooth texture and a low acid content. Resembling a donut per se, this peach's other descriptive name is donut peach.
These peaches are available for a brief time in the summer.
Fitz Kelly measures the sugar content of his fruits with a refractometer, an easy to use compact device about the size of a regular banana. In order to measure the sugar content of the fruit, the fruit’s juice is dripped onto a crystal compartment on the device. The juice is trapped between two pieces of crystal, reminiscent to slides used in labs. Holding and looking at the refractometer against bright sunlight, a visible scale indicates the sugar content of the fruit. The highest reading being 30, a fruit with a reading of 14 or above is considered excellent.
A variety of the white peach and descendants of Chinese flat peaches, Saturn peaches were originally developed in Asia and are especially prized in China. An heirloom variety, Saturn peaches flourish in California. i
Recipes that include Saturn Peaches. One is easiest, three is harder.