Flat Peaches, an original name
These unusually shaped peaches with their light, sweet and juicy pulp are called “Flat Peaches”. At first glance, they are surprising because of their slightly flattened shape, with a small dip in the centre, reminiscent of snuff boxes, which are small containers used to store loose tobacco and preserve their aroma.
When you have the pleasure of tasting this variety of peach, the strong yet sweet taste and soft pulp flood your mouth with a unique flavour that encapsulate all the elements of the land where it is grown.
In other parts of Italy and abroad, Flat peaches are also called “saturnine” because of their shape, which evokes the shape of this planet.
Flat peaches and their link with Etna's territories
In addition to its name, this type of peach also has special origins. In fact, its spread is closely linked to Sicilian history and, in particular, to the territories on the slopes of Etna.
Here, in the 19th century, with the end of feudal privileges, tree cultivation and peach growing began. The Etnean territory, on the other hand, is devoted to fruit growing because of its particular microclimate and the soil, which is particularly fertile and well drained.
Due to the wishes of local families, but also due to the excellent weather conditions, the slopes of Mount Etna became the chosen place to experiment with new fruit cultivars.
The difference in temperature between day and night and the characteristics of the volcanic soil gave the flat peach the unique characteristics we know today, its distinctive shape and light, sweet pulp.
Flat peach, exceptional taste and properties
The Flat peach has a round, slightly flattened shape and inside there is a pale, soft and very fragrant pulp. The stone, similar to that of the apricot, is very small.
These fruits are an incredible discovery, not only for their unmistakable taste, but also for the benefits they can bring to our health. In fact, they are composed of 85% water and are low in calories - about 28 per 100g. - so much so that they are also suitable for people suffering from diabetes or following a controlled diet.
Vegetable fibres contribute to the sense of satiety and regulate intestinal functioning.
Due to the presence of group A vitamins and folic acid, nectarines are an ideal fruit for improving the health and appearance of the skin, but also for protecting the eyes and preventing sight problems.
Their high mineral content makes them an ideal snack for athletes.
Because of their special shape, flat peaches are also convenient to eat, even when out and about.
And for those who like to experiment in the kitchen, 3moretti peaches can be used to prepare summer desserts, such as ice cream and slushes, but also to give an original touch to fish and meat dishes.