A unique donut or flat heirloom peach variety that tastes like you are eating a peach pie without the crust or added sugar!
This peach is yellow inside and out with a small amount of fuzz.
A donut that I don't have to stress about eating! Sign me up!
Ok these aren't your traditional donuts, just a peach with a certain shape. But hey I love fruit so I am totally ok with this.
You likely have already seen donut peaches in the store before. Most of them in stores are white fleshed with a yellowish-orange skin with red blush. Sweet but mainly one dimensional in flavor. However there are more than one variety. Many in fact. And that's what we are talking about today.
The "Peach Pie" heirloom donut peach have become a summer stable in my household. They are grown by Family Tree Farms from Reedley, California. I have been a fan of their fruit for the better part of the last decade and this variety is at the top of my list of must haves from them each year.
Here are my thoughts on this peach variety, starting with a scale of 1-10 on different attributes.
This donut peach actually reminds me of a peach pie. There is a bit of spice that triggers my mind to think peach pie. A unique eating experience for sure.
A lot of other people that I have talked to that tried this peach said they felt it reminded them of an apricot. It has the color scheme of an apricot for sure.
It's more sweet than acidic, but more acidic than most donut peaches you find.
The peach was very firm, without really getting as soft or mealy.
When selecting this variety, look for peaches that have no green in their color and are aromatic.
❓ How to Tell if Ripe
The skin tends to tern a darker yellow when ripe. I have had some specimens that didn't seem as soft as I would eat a ripe peach but were still perfectly tasty. Also look for the peach to give to gentle pressure at the thickest part of the fruit.
Sometimes if peaches are stored in cold storage too long, they don't ripen right. They just kind of wrinkle. If you notice that is happening to your peach, still give it a try. I have still found them tasty even when this happens. A testament to this variety.
⛱️ When in Season
Watch for this fruit near the end of June and throughout the mouth of July. I usually find them the most in the middle of July. They are harvested and shipped out of California.
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🥧 Can You Make a Pie?
In case you actually want to make a pie with Peach Pie donut peaches you could try that. We haven't yet.
You don't need to peel the peach to make a pie, so that will be make things easier as donut peaches aren't very easy to peel due to their shape. They do have a small pit, so that you are getting more useable fruit.
You will need a lot of them to make a pie. It wouldn't be my first choice.
🛒 Where to Buy
Here is a list of stores/distributers that I have seen or heard carrying these peaches in past seasons
- Fresh Direct
- Sam's Club
- Baldor Food
The peaches come sold individually or you can get them in a set of 4. These are the largest peaches and them come in a cute plastic clamshell case with a handle that are packaged just like donuts!
Have you tried this peach variety before? Leave a comment below and share what you think.
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