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On the afternoon of Monday July 8, 2013…

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There was a torrential downpour in Toronto…

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Streets were flooded…

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Highways were flooded…

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People had to abandon their cars…

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And the Marine Units were dispatched…

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To rescue people stuck inside flooded commuter trains.

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WOW!

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Virtually every homeowner I know in Toronto has a flooded basement.

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Our thoughts and prayers are with the good people of the City of Toronto.

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May they all make it through the night safely and without harm.

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The other day, I was at my friend’s house minding my own business when he arrived from a visit to the local produce store.

With a flourish usually reserved for yanking rabbits out of silk toppers, he produced a bag of fruit and placed it on the table before me.

I gave the specimens the quick once over and came to the obvious conclusion.

“You sat on the bag, didn’t you?”

Apparently not.

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They were Saturn Peaches.

I understand that they are sometimes called Donut Peaches.

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Originally from China, Saturn peaches gained popularity in the US in the 1990s. They are smaller and flatter than a regular peach. Their skin is yellow and red, and they are usually less fuzzy than ordinary peaches. Their flesh is also a lot firmer, sweeter [1] and more fragrant (a subtle almond scent) than a regular peach.

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If the Earth was ever invaded by a fruit-based intergalactic alien life form, I suspect their spaceships would look like this.

A good selling point is the fact that, if you should drop a Saturn Peach, it does not roll around. It stays put. If you (or your kiddie-winkers) ever inadvertently unleashed a fuzzy peach avalanche, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

I like them a lot, especially since I find regular peaches too fuzzy and nectarines too firm, relatively flavourless and lacking in sweetness.

I hope the Saturn Peach producers grow a freestone variety. That would make them perfect, in my view.

Run out and buy some! Just make sure they’re not miniature spaceships from the planet Fruitonia.

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[1] One might say ‘Flat-Out Sweet’ but I wouldn’t be surprised if one would also be in violation of a registered trademark somewhere. Darned intellectual property lawyers! 😉

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