Here is a picture of some Chinese flat peaches, also called pantao, which are absolutely delicious. I’ve only ever seen them in China.
photo by img_edv
They look like you took a normal peach and squashed the top and bottom points in to a third of the size of a normal peach, with the rest being pushed out to the sides. They taste like a normal peach, only a little sweeter.
I’ve found that fruit often tastes better in China. I think this is because a lot of the fruit is grown locally and is therefore fresher. Or maybe because the supermarkets care less about the fruit looking great than they do in the West and more about the taste.
After searching the Internet about this, I found a site with lots of information on the pantao. They agree with me that it’s delicious:
A peach that is juicy and sweet—many say the best tasting of all peaches—and creamy with a pit that does not cling wrapped in a nearly fuzzless skin: I want that peach!
They also point out that they are also known as the Donut peach. Whatever you call them, pantao are fantastic!
The price is worth noting: 3 yuan for 2 jin (1kg). That’s an amazing price.