What do plums, cherries, and mangoes have in common?
They are all stone fruits! Stone fruits get their name from the single large seed at the fruit’s core, which is surrounded by an outer flesh. Other stone fruits include peaches, apricots, and nectarines.
What did the peach say to the other peach?
Stone fruits make a great addition to a healthy balanced diet. They contain vitamin A and vitamin C to help keep your immune system strong. They are very high in potassium, which can lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of hypertension. Stone fruits are full of fiber that can help keep you full and improve digestion. Most are also low in calories, containing about 70 calories per cup.
Summer is when stone fruits are at their peak of freshness and flavor, so it’s the perfect time to add them to your diet. When buying fresh stone fruits, look for produce that smells sweet and feels firm but gives a little when you press it with your thumb. If your fruit isn’t quite ripe yet, let it sit out on the counter in a paper bag until it softens, then put it in the fridge to preserve freshness. Delicious ways to enjoy stone fruits:
• On top of oatmeal
• Tossed with salads
• Made into jam