The Season of “Donut” Peaches Continues…
by Keith Tsuchiyama, Produce Buyer
We just started our most unique stone fruit variety of the year; the Galaxy Donut White Peach. These aptly named donut peaches are flatly shaped and have an elliptical shape like our own Milky Way Galaxy. The Donut peaches have a distinguished sweet taste and have some of the highest brix (sugar to acid ratio) of any piece of stone fruit we sell.
So, what’s the deal?
Donut white peaches are lower in acid than other peaches – meaning you may not have that tart bite typically found in yellow peaches. These peaches are “drip off the chin” juicy. The fruit’s thin skin has little or no fuzz, so it doesn’t have to be peeled. Their small size lends itself to being eaten out of hand.
About Summeripe our partner/grower:
Summeripe is one of the few large grower/shippers that still support multi-generational family-centric growers. Most of their fruit comes from small family farmers, many of who live on land farmed by their parents and grandparents. They are stewards of the land – they know if you treat the land with haste, you’re ruining it for future generations. Old-time traditions are still implored and knowledge is passed down, one generation to the next. The growers care about the fruit they grow and have pride sharing it with those who sell and eat it. There’s an inherent responsibility to provide the best fruit possible to the consumer and the partners who sell it…and it shows.
Meet Richard Sawatzky
Richard Sawatzky and his son, Ryan – now a 5th generation farmer, continue to grow their family business. Their ancestors planted their first block of stone fruit in 1956, and today Richard and Ryan farm over 550 acres. Ryan’s goal is to continue this legacy of farming delicious Summeripe peaches, plums, and nectarines. Richard loves farming because it has given him the freedom to be involved in so many different things. He enjoys the fact that he could be there for his kids’ events, and now it’s the same for his grand-kids. Richard’s passion for life and farming can be recognized immediately when he shares his many stories. He’s so proud of his family history in the Agriculture Industry, and his contributions to Summeripe. He hopes you enjoy eating his fruit, as much as he enjoys growing it.
Through innovative all-natural processes, you can enjoy the sweetest, most delicious fruits of summer – peaches, plums, and nectarines – the minute you leave the store. Summeripe finishes what Mother Nature so carefully began. Fruits are fully-ripened, ready-to-eat, and bursting with farm-fresh flavor. Enjoy them as firm or as soft as you like, it’s up to you. Each one will be sweet and juicy – that’s a promise.
Donut peaches are suitable to be used in any recipe calling for peaches, though they will lack that typical sweet tart essence of yellow-fleshed peaches. They are best for eating fresh out of hand, yet they can also be poached, grilled, made into a compote, syrup, jelly and infused into drinks or added to dessert recipes such as cakes, pies and ice cream. Donut peaches pair well with other stone fruit such as apricots, cherries and almonds, citrus, berries, vanilla, cinnamon, cloves, cream, custards, herbs such as basil, cilantro and arugula, hazelnut and pistachio nuts and oil, aged cheeses such as parmesan, and mild cheeses such as ricotta and burrata, sausages, pork belly, and grilled fish.
Or… if you’d like, you can use them like our friends at Summeripe…
Indulge your sweet tooth with half the guilt with our Summeripe Galaxy Donut Peach “Donuts”! A sweet and fruity treat for adults and kids, simply dip Summeripe Galaxy Donut Peaches in frosting, add some sprinkles, and enjoy these incredible white flesh peach “donuts”!