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When is a donut not a donut?
When it’s a Donut Peach (Prunus persica var. platycarpa)!
Known by many names including BuenOs™, Tangos®, and Saturn Peach, because of its saucer shape and resemblance to the rings of Saturn, Donut (Doughnut) Peaches are popular cultivars and one of the very best of the white-flesh varieties of peaches in the United States.
Breakfast has always been a big deal around our house. As my kids and grandkids will tell you, I love making breakfast, particularly breakfasts’ that include pancakes, and I have a lot of ways to make pancake breakfasts’ extra special and super good tasting too!
But, before I share this delicious Donut Peach Pancake recipe with you, I need to tell you about this peach we just discovered. It’s called a donut peach, and it’s full of flavor and certainly worth checking out if you can find them in a store or market near you!
Mmmmm…donuts! The popular words made famous by Homer J. Simpson whose appetite and addiction for his sweetest love is without question the donut. But, the bigger question might be, would Homer’s appetite for this sweet-glazed mistress have had the power to induce such a love affair had it been a healthier Donut Peach instead?
Marketed by grocers as a good-for-you snack food, and often sold in packaging like the kind used for donuts, the fruits are distinguished by their shape, which is unevenly rounded and squat with a dimpled center at the fruit’s stem.
Donut peaches it is supposed, probably originated from flat peach varieties that are native to China. Documentation of these peaches was first recorded in Chinese writings during 1100 B.C. when Silk Road trade routes carried peach varieties to the Western World where botanists gave peaches their botanical name, Prunus Persica. For centuries they remained a novelty and were confined to the gardens of nobility. It wasn’t until the 19th century when peaches came to America. Early plantings were recorded to be seedling peaches and of poor quality. Later in the century, the practice of grafting superior strains onto hardy seedling rootstocks led to the development of commercial orchards, and the rest, as they say, is history.
According to the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce, the area-grown peaches are always in high demand and have been known for their high quality for the last hundred years. “It’s because of the Cumberland Valley soil,” they say. Chambersburg peaches become available from mid-July through Early-September depending on the cultivar.
So, what’s so great about Chambersburg Pennsylvania Peaches and the locally-grown Donut Peach?
Laiton, the Marketing & Communications Assistant at the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce office, told me that she’s always been a fan of the locally-grown tasty fruit. Giving her full endorsement, “If you like a peach that’s sweet and full of flavor, the kind of peach that when you bite into it, it’s so juicy you can’t help but make a mess of yourself, you sure won’t be disappointed with Chambersburg Pennsylvania peaches.”
Hands down, I’d have to agree!
You possibly will too! These benefits may have you searching out Chambersburg Pennsylvania Peaches and the flat Donut Peach to try for yourself, or maybe you’ll want to grow some yourself.
Growing Donut Peaches
According to the PennState Extension donut peaches are:
The Peach Fruit Rhyme Song for Kids
A gluten-free fresh treat, peaches have delicate skin and soft flesh, they’re sweet, delicious and naturally loaded with vitamins and minerals that your body needs. Just for the little ones, here’s a song that covers everything a kid needs to know about peaches!
I hope your family loves this recipe, and devours these Delicious Donut Peach Pancakes! They’re just the ticket to make the morning feel extra special and give any day of the week a wholesome peachy start 😊!
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(Nutritional values are an approximation. Actual nutritional values may vary due to preparation techniques, variations related to suppliers, regional and seasonal differences, or rounding.)
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