The ‘Donut’ peaches will be ripe soon. Here you can see this year’s crop behind the netting that protects it from birds and other local thieves (we really do need orchard cops here!).
‘Donut’–also known as ‘Stark Saturn’*–is one of several flat peaches. There is hardly any flesh between the stem and blossom end, so it is easy to cut the pit out and then you really do have a donut! (I will try to remember to perform this little bit of surgery and post a photo here once we have some ripe fruit.)
Like almost every other stone fruit this year, these are later to ripen than usual. We had a late winter.
‘Donut’ has white flesh and a very delicate texture. The flavor has a pleasant bitterness that some say is somewhat almond-like. It would rate pretty high on my list of favorite peaches.
We have two other flat peaches: ‘Sweet Bagel’ (yellow fleshed) and a mystery variety that was labeled by the nursery as ‘Silver Lode’ nectarine, but produced a flat peach (pictured below from last year) that was clearly neither ‘Donut’ nor ‘Sweet Bagel.’ No other flat peach varieties appear in any of my source books, so it really is a mystery.
* Not to be confused with the fruiting-flowering variety simply known as ‘Saturn,’ which is not a flat peach. I have seen them confused in nursery catalogs, so buyer beware!