Flat peaches and nectarines are known by several names. We call ours Saturn and Galaxy. The technical name for this type of peach is peento which is derived from the Chinese word for peach, pan-tao. This group of varieties is naturally flat and donut-shaped. Currently, the majority of these varieties are white flesh peaches. While many varieties are available for commercial farming, we have found only a few that match our high flavor standards.
Selection and Storage
The flat varieties of white peaches often have a pale green cast to the background color, even when they are ripe. This is simply a characteristic of these varieties and not an indication that they were picked too early. Storage at home depends on how you prefer to eat them and how ripe they were when you bought them. The temperature of home refrigerators can actually damage the eating quality of firm peaches and nectarines, turning them dry and mushy. If you prefer them crisp, purchase firm fruit and consume them within a day or two. If you like them soft and juicy, leave them out at room temperature (not in a plastic bag) until they reach that stage – then refrigerate. The fruit will remain at that stage and can be refrigerated for around a week. Soft, ripe fruit can be refrigerated without damaging the eating quality.