My Favorite way to Eat Stonefruits

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We all love our stone fruits made into crisps, cobblers, pie, etc. Sometimes we forget that the sweet, tart, and juicy fruits are fantastic right out of the fridge.

My favorites are red, & black plumbs, followed by cling free peaches,. Though I used to love apricots, they aren't on my list of edibles due to dietary restrictions.

In the middle of last week, I purchased black plums, They were perfectly ripe. An overnight stay in the fridge, and they were ready to enjoy. One bite into the naturally tough skin left me thinking that there had to be a better way of eating them. That sweet and flavorful plumb juice gushed all over my hand, and down my arm. So, with my next plumb, I used a very sharp paring knife to cut from top to bottom, scraping the pit sides. I did it again on the other side of the pit, then removed the remaining plum from the pit. To my surprise, nary a drop of plumb juice adorned my cutting board. This left me with cold, juicy chunks of plumb to fill my mouth. When I bit down, juiced gushed into my mouth like a drink of delicious plumb nectar, with the light bite of the skin to round out the flavor.

If I'm eating fresh, cold stone fruit of any kind, this is now my preferred method. And if I'm going to be cooking with them, I blanch in hot water to remove the skins, blend the skins into a puree, and put back with the sliced fruit. That way, I get all of the flavor, nutrients, and pectin from the skin as well as the flesh.

That first bite of cold fruit is one of life's great pleasures, better than chocolate milk:ohmy:.

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Never gets hotter than 78 in our house - we have central air conditioning. :mrgreen:

Same here. We have the AC set to 26°C, which is 78.8°F. I don't believe for a minute that it's that high in the house. I am pretty sure the AC thermostat has its own ideas about what 26°C means, probably closer to 23 or 24.

I also know that 30 seconds on power level 3 in the microwave will get most fruit to a pleasant temperature for eating.
 

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Charlie, sometimes it's difficult and misleading when it is a second language.
LOL I looked up stone fruit too, just in case there was a specific type called that. Nope, stone fruit is just referring to fruits that contain one large pit or stone in the centre.

Such as peaches, plums and even (so I've read) olives, although we dont' really consider olives as a "fruit"
 

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Botanically stonefruits are drupes, fruits charecterized by a single pit, or stone surounded by flesh, and a skin. Examples are plumbs, praches, apricots, cherries, and hybrids such as pluots. I believe walnuts and pecans are in this family as well.

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From Wikipedia:

The term stone fruit (also stonefruit) can be a synonym for drupe or, more typically, it can mean just the fruit of the genus Prunus.

And:

Prunus is a genus of trees and shrubs, which includes (among many others) the fruits plums, cherries, peaches, nectarines, apricots, and almonds.

"Drupe" seems to be more of a description than a true classification, like genus or species or family.
 

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LOL... and being in the class of not knowing what classifcation genus, species, sub or other wise means... to me the most simple understood explanation is still "Fruit with a large stone/seed in the middle, such as... etc. etc." :ROFLMAO:

The rest of the explanations are great for the botonists if they so wish! :rolleyes:
Me, I just eat'em! :pig:

so thanks for saving me to look them all up/ :chef:
 

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My favourite way to eat peaches is straight off the tree. They are warm and so full of juice. You do end up with lots of itchy peach fuzz on your fingers, but it's worth it. I haven't had that since I was a teenager, picking them in my yard in SoCal.
 

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taxy, you made me remember some photos I had scanned about 15 years ago on one of my "family mementoes" gigs.

My late brother, Stan and his Grandma, 1939
and then a year later picking by himself!
The backyard in Stoney Creek, ON. no yards like that around there now! Think they had peaches, plums, apples and not sure about cherries.
They had moved by the time I came along with 2 sisters in between. LOL and yeah, one more brother after me!
Must have been all that good fruit.
 

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except I think that walnuts and pecans put their underwear on inside out.

That joke is so rich tup my alley :LOL:

I have a really good Stone Fruit Salad Recipe that I got years ago. I was at the Union Square Farmers market, and they were handing the recipe out along with aaa taste. It was so simple, yt so good. I've been making it to serve at fathers day the past few years, and everyone loves it ( and trust me, its a tough crowd). Ill post it when I get home.
 

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That joke is so rich tup my alley :LOL:

I have a really good Stone Fruit Salad Recipe that I got years ago. I was at the Union Square Farmers market, and they were handing the recipe out along with aaa taste. It was so simple, yt so good. I've been making it to serve at fathers day the past few years, and everyone loves it ( and trust me, its a tough crowd). Ill post it when I get home.

Please don't forget! Tis the season right now! Apricots are almost finished, but going to the Farmer's Market this morning to see what else has come in.
 

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Please don't forget! Tis the season right now! Apricots are almost finished, but going to the Farmer's Market this morning to see what else has come in.

Didnt Forget ;)

A few years back we were in the city (NY) and went to the Union Square Farmer's Market ( Great place to stroll through if haven't done it already. Specific days , so plan accordingly).

They were handing out printed recipes, along with samples and this one , for stone fruit, was one of them.

It tasted great and refreshing. I decided to make it at the next gathering at my home. It went over really well, so it has now made it to the things I have to make everytime someone comes over list. Kids and adults both enjoy it. Only pain in the butt part is removing the pits from the fruit. Some come out nice nada easy, while others seem to hold on for dear life ( Dont cut your hand with the knife while trying to remove. been there , done that).
 

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Tried to CMT but only got the title and a picture of my grandmother and brother Stan. LOL

Finally was able to make out the print - was really small.

BUT WOW - sounds really good. I've also just realized there is not mint in the garden here. Hmmm... gonna have to do something about that.

Thanks Larry!
 

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STONE-COLD FRUIT SALAD


Recipe by Marian Isel Barragan of Marian Isel Wellness blog marianisal.com

Serves 4

For the Fruit Salad
3 or 4 peaches 3 or 4 apricots
3 or 4 plums*
1/4 C mint, finely chopped

For the Glaze
2 Tbs maple sugar crystals (or brown sugar)*
2 Tbs lemon juice

Note omit maple crystals or brown sugar if your sugar levels are high-it will taste just as good!

Cut fruit in half, remove pits, cut into small pieces and place in fruit bowl. Add mint In a separate bowl, whisk sugar and lemon juice. Toss with fruit. Garnish with additional mint leaves if you'd like. Serve at room temperature or place in freezer for 15-20 minutes for an extra cool treat. Enjoy!

Nutritional & Health Information

Peaches are a good source of Vitamins A, C and fiber.

Plums contain Vitamin C and other B Vitamins. Apricots are a rich source of beta carotene, iron and fiber. Mint freshens breath and acts as a digestive.

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