Stone Fruit Steals the Spotlight


Arguably summer’s sweetest, most succulent produce, stone fruit – those containing stone pits in the center – are versatile and delicious in many applications. They come in various colors and flavor profiles, but have a relatively short growing season, so enjoy them fresh while you can!

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Cherries

Nutrient Highlights: Supply vitamins A and C, plus potassium.
Selection Tips: Choose plump, firm cherries with stems intact. The deeper the skin color, the riper the cherry. Cherries will last two to three days when stored in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.
In the Kitchen: Toss pitted and halved cherries with olive oil and thyme. Bake at 425° until they caramelize, about 15 minutes. Spread slices of French bread with goat cheese and top with caramelized cherries.

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Peaches

Nutrient Highlights: Supply vitamins A and C with two grams of fiber per peach.
Selection Tips: Choose peaches with yellow- or cream-colored undertones (the skin’s redness depends on the variety) and unwrinkled skins. Peaches are ripe when you can smell their sweet scent.
In the Kitchen: Purée peaches to make a refreshing Peach Bellini or grill halved peaches and add to a fresh salad like our Grilled Peach & Arugula Salad (see recipes on pages 73 and 74!). For dessert, top grilled peaches with brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg, and enjoy with frozen yogurt.

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Nectarines

Nutrient Highlights: Nutritionally similar to peaches, nectarines supply vitamins A and C, plus fiber.
Selection Tips: Choose nectarines with deep-yellow tones under a red blush. They should yield to gentle pressure but can also be purchased firm then ripened at room temperature.
In the Kitchen: Nectarines are delicious fresh, baked, broiled, grilled, poached or sautéed. Add grilled nectarines to a salad with baby spinach, pine nuts and Brie.

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Plums

Nutrient Highlights: Supply fiber and vitamins A and C.
Selection Tips: Choose plums that are heavy with minimal skin blemishes and give just slightly to pressure. Store in a plastic bag for up to five days in the refrigerator.
In the Kitchen: Top sliced plums with Gorgonzola cheese and wrap with prosciutto for an elegant, easy appetizer.