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Saturn Peach

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Saturn peaches, Prunus persica var. platycarpa, (also known as donut (or doughnut) peaches), are a variety of peach with pale yellow flesh and oblong inshape.[1]

Saturn Peach
Saturn Peaches
Variety Prunus persica var. platycarpa
Origin China



'Saturn' peaches are flatter than regular peaches. Their skin is yellow and red, and they are a lot less fuzzy than ordinary peaches. The inside of the peach is pale yellow in appearance.

Harvest seasonEdit

They are harvested in late spring through the end of summer.[2]


They are recognisably sweeter than regular peaches, but still have that flavorful peach taste[3]

Other namesEdit

They are known by many other names, including 'doughnut peach',[4] paraguayo peach,[5] pan tao peach, saucer peach, flat peach, belly-up peach, UFO peach, chinese flat peach,[5] hat peach, anjeer peach, custard peach, pumpkin peach, squashed peach, bagel peach or pita peach.


They were introduced into the United States from China,[4] in 1871. These "flat" peaches gained popularity in the 1990s.[6]

In CultureEdit

Flat peaches in Mandarin are known as Pan Tao (蟠桃). It made a significant appearance in the China's ancient novel Journey to the West, where the Jade Emperor tasked Wukong to take charge of the "Pan Tao Yuan" meaning the Saturn/Flat Peaches Garden. Later on, Wukong devoured most of the rarer species of fruit in the garden and gained eternal life.


  1. ^ Woys, William. "'Saturn' Peaches". Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  2. ^ "Donut Peach | Harvest to Table". 2008-05-27. Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  3. ^ Tabitha Alterman October/November 2006 (2009-08-27). "Top 10 Reasons to Try a Donut Peach". Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  4. ^ a b Zoe Williams (2009-07-15). "Doughnut peaches the new craze | Life and style". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-08-12. 
  5. ^ a b "Doughnut-shaped peaches hit shops". 28 July 2005. Retrieved 6 February 2017. 
  6. ^ "Peaches". [Viva Tierra Organic]. Archived from the original on 11 December 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2016.