Stem pick damage is by far the biggest problem with Saturn (it doesn’t happen with other donuts). What makes it even worse with Saturn is that the white flesh browns very rapidly, so that the skin tear looks even worse after a short time.
I’d love to find a solution to this problem. My Saturn peaches hug the shoot they’re attached to so tightly, there is no chance of getting a pair of needle nose pliers in there. On other flat peaches like TangOs, I “roll” the peach the same orientation as it’s on the stem. I never twist the peach which causes the shoot to twist into the soft shoulder of the peach and damage it. It’s not necessary to roll TangOs to protect it. The flesh is so tough on that one, it doesn’t matter how you pick them, but that’s just how I do it for extra protection against pick damage.
I sort of try to pick Saturns like round peaches. That is, sort of make a circle with my index finger and thumb (but not a complete circle). Put that semi- circle between the peach and shoot, and then pull the peach straight down. Many times it will break the shoot, but it keeps the shoot from digging into the shoulder if the peach is soft.
If the peach is a little firmer, it doesn’t matter. The flesh is tough enough you can just pull the peach straight down.
The problem is that with Saturn, even this method causes plenty of skin tears at the stem. About the best method is to pick Saturn a little earlier, but if picked too early, they don’t quite develop the high sugar they are known for. It’s really a very fine line.
The good news about all these flat peaches is that there are very few drops. They hang very well.