Saturn peaches, Pluto plums bring space-inspired stone fruit to supermarket shelves

Space-inspired stone fruit will grace supermarket shelves this season after Australia’s largest family-run grower, packer and marketer spent more than a decade identifying new varieties.

Cutri Fruit at Woorinen near Swan Hill launched its Galaxy Fruits range last summer, starting with a flat peach called Saturn.

It was 15 years ago when the company’s CEO, Gaethan Cutri, stumbled across the Saturn peach in Spain.

He said they were popular with consumers because they were flavoursome and did not go soft too quickly.

“When most people go on holiday they go and relax. I actively seek out fruits,” Mr Cutri said.

“I go to fruit markets and I’ve searched most of the world but we’ve found five or six exceptional breeding programs that were contracted with Israel, Spain, France and the USA,” he said.

A hand holds three Saturn peaches which look flatter than more traditional peaches
This is the second season that Cutri Fruit has sold Saturn peaches.(ABC Rural: Kellie Hollingworth)

“So I hunted around until I found people who grew them around the world, found out the varieties that I should grow and since then we’ve just been slowly acquiring the varietal rights, and finding the trees.”

A whole green skinned plum with red blotches sits beside a plum that has been cut in half to reveal its red flesh
The Galaxy Fruits range will include Pluto plums for the first time this season.(Supplied: Cutri Fruit)

This summer, the Galaxy Fruits range will also include Sunstar plums, which have a green or yellow skin, and Pluto plums, which have mostly green skin and are deep purple inside.

“The first time consumers taste them, I think they’ll be pleasantly surprised, and maybe they’ll actively seek them out after that,” Mr Cutri said.

“But it does take a long time to get used to seeing a Sunstar plum and the same with the Pluto plum.”

The Saturn peaches, Sunstar plums and Pluto plums are sold in 500g packs and the outer space-themed packaging has been designed to appeal to children.

“I have two daughters — a 12-year-old and a two-year-old— and they go crazy for these fruits because they don’t look to see if it’s green skin. They just eat them and they judge them by their taste,” Mr Cutri said.

A pile of six plums, one has been cut in half to reveal yellow inside. The skin in green
This season, Cutri Fruit will sell commercial volumes of Sunstar plums.(Supplied: Cutri Fruit)

“They’re really hardy so they’re easy to take to work. They’re easy to put in a lunchbox.”

Mr Cutri expected the Galaxy Fruits range to grow over the coming years.

“We have a couple of things we are still testing,” he said.

“We just need to get a big enough range and it might take us 50 varieties to find one or two that taste consistently good enough to put our brand to.”

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