In Season: Stone Fruits
Posted: Sunday, June 1, 2014
Named for the fact that they have a single hard "stone" in their center rather than numerous seeds throughout, stone fruits are a summertime favorite. Great stone fruits are available January-April from various locations worldwide, but for many, the best fruits come from the West Coast of the United States starting in late May through August, depending, of course, on the weather.
|Peaches||early May through August|
|Nectarines||early May through August|
|Rainier Cherries||late May through mid-July|
|Bing Cherries||late May through mid-August|
|Apricots||early June through August|
|Plums||early June through September|
|GOOD TO KNOW:|
Pitting peaches, plums and apricots is easier with a melon baller. Cut the fruit through the poles around the pit as you would an avocado; twist to separate the halves and use the melon baller to scoop out the stone inside. Clingstone peaches are more difficult (as the name suggests, the pits "cling" to the flesh), so if ease is a priority, buy freestone varieties.
What about avocados?
Though they are technically a fruit and have just one seed, avocados do not belong to the same botanical family as peaches, cherries and other stone fruits. However, the best season for avocados is right now! Hass avocados from Mexico are the gold standard when it comes to this nutty, creamy and mildly sweet gem. Pick fruit that yields to gentle pressure at the neck without being mushy.
Peaches and Cream Pops
Grilled Stone Fruit
Peach Galette with Crème Fraîche
More stone fruit recipes:
Cinnamon Grilled Peaches with Mascarpone and Honey
Yellow Pepper and Peach Salsa
Blackberries and Stone Fruits with Vanilla-Honey Syrup
Elegant Fruit and Cheese Tart
Stone Fruit Salsa
Summer Fruit Pie
Shrimp and Summer Fruit Kabobs