The Queen of Peaches

by Laura Gray on July 16, 2011

Never miss a chance to taste a “pesca saturnina” or “pesca tabacchiera.” They are flat and squashed-looking and have an intense perfume and taste. Smaller than a normal peach; the whole fruit is the same height as its tiny stone. The flesh is white and sweet and will spoil you for any other peach.

This delicacy are very rare in all of Italy and originate from the slopes of Etna in Sicily. They travel badly because of their odd shape and only last 2 or 3 days after picking so should be enjoyed instantly. Only to be found in July.

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