So many stone fruits, so little time! Whether you prefer peaches, plums, apricots, pluots or nectarines, these delicious fruits are great for eating out of hand or in a variety of summery recipes. They’re especially sweet when they’re from California farms like these!
Dedicated to quality “from root to fruit,” Homegrown Organic Farms has been growing certified organic stone fruit in the San Joaquin Valley since 1998. Their family farmers carefully tend and harvest their fruits to ensure consistent quality, flavor, shelf life and food safety. Look for their apricots, nectarines, peaches and plums throughout the summer!
The Noland family has been farming along the Yuba River in Marysville, California, for more than 50 years. At Wild River, they make the most of the land’s nutrient-rich soil to grow a variety of fantastic fruits including organic pluots. A hand-pollinated, non-GMO cross between a plum and an apricot, pluots have smooth skin and a sweet taste great for enjoying out of hand or in recipes.
Not only are stone fruits sweet to eat, they’re also a healthy summer snack! According to Dr. Liz, “Nectarines come loaded with potassium, vitamin C and carotenes, all key in supporting heart health and a strong immune system. Peaches supply lutein (an orange-red carotene pigment that studies show helps protect eyes from age-related damage) plus a wealth of potassium and fiber.”
Enjoy your favorite stone fruits out of hand, or in recipes like these:
Stone Fruit Bulgur Salad: Combining the sweet flavors of fruit and earthy notes of bulgur wheat, this simple salad is great alongside chicken or pork dishes, or for packing in a picnic!
Apricot & Blueberry Hand Pies: For an extra sweet treat, serve these fantastic fruit-based hand pies with sweetened whipped cream.
"Just Peachy" Peach Cobbler: This simple and scrumptious Southern peach cobbler just screams summer!
Check out some fun facts about stone fruit in our Foodie FAQs: Summer Produce!