Scientific name: Prunus persica
The Saturn peach produces flat/donut shaped yellow/red juicy fruit 2-2.75 inches in diameter. The pit is located where the donut hole would be, and can be extracted with a gentle nudging of your thumb. It sits just inside the flesh and is not firmly attached like some other peach varieties. After removing the pit, it looks like a juicy donut. It is also perfect for canning, preserving, and baking as well as eating. The skins are thin and smooth, similar to nectarines with hints of almond flavor.
These trees produce radiant pink flowers in the spring and bear a heavy fruit crop that ripens in July. Once fruit begins to form, they should be thinned out to allow about 6 inches of growing room between each fruit. Prune in early spring or late winter, before new growth forms and after the frost has passed. They grow only 15-20 tall and thus are perfect for small yards. Suitable for USDA plant hardiness zone 5.
The unique fruit shape descended from a wild disc-shaped variety from China. Resistant to bacterial leafspot. Self-pollinating, so only one tree is needed to produce fruit. Prefers fertile, well-drained soil. Plant in full sun so it receives at least 6 hours of sun daily.
By Kyle Albee, BOB! board member and leader of the Tree Sale.