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June 12, 2014


Flying Saucer White Nectarines

by Anne Paddock

Bite into a Flying Saucer White Nectarine and taste the sweet and juicy “out of this world” flavor of a very special nectarine. Named for its flat shape – similar to the donut peach – the Flying Saucer White Nectarine was developed by the Zaiger Family in Modesto, California. Flying Saucers are now grown by Kingsburg Orchards, a family-owned grower, packer, and shipper in Central California’s San Joaquin Valley who also gave this unique variety of nectarine its well-suited name.”

The skin of the Flying Saucer White Nectarine is reddish-yellow with a tinge of green and the flesh is white, sweet, and drip-down-your-chin juicy. Each piece of fruit weighs about 4-5 ounces and is about 3 inches in circumference, making it the perfect hand-held snack for both kids and adults (but have a napkin handy).The nectarine is also delicious sliced in a fruit or a summer spinach salad or diced in a salsa.1040216_557233604318269_1932009710_o

When ripe the Flying Saucer White Nectarine is slightly soft to the touch. Close your eyes, and breathe in the fragrant aroma of one of nature’s perfections. Ronald Dahl would have written a sequel to James and The Giant Peach if he tasted one of these luscious fruits.Flying Saucer White Nectarine

The Flying Saucer White Nectarine is sometimes referred to as the Saturn, Donut, or Flat White Nectarine but for the real thing, look for the tiny black and blue sticker (with the barcode 3439) on the fruit that says “Flying Saucer White Nectarine.” The season has just begun and the fruit is available at fine grocery stores nationwide and at farmer’s markets in California for about $3.99 a pound through the summer months.DSC_0403

  1. Jun 14 2014

    Definitely be on the lookout for the Flying Saucers! And, thanks for the other recommendations.

  2. samue1eb
    Jun 14 2014

    Nice review with some great photos. I haven’t had any this year but will be on the lookout.There are a couple other flat stone fruit varieties you should look out for. One called Peach Pie from Family Tree Farms that actually does remind me of peach pie and Nectafire Yellow Donut Nectarines from Washington that are packed full of flavor.

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