Stone Fruits


Stone Fruits, also known in botany as a Drupe, are called “Stone Fruits” because, well, there is almost always a stone-like pit found in the center of them. Examples include peaches, green almonds, plums, cherries, mangoes, and nectarines, as well as less-obvious examples such as walnuts and olives.

Usually stone fruits are found with a thin skin on the outside, a juicy thick and fleshy layer after that, followed by a hard pit in the center. The season to find yourself a good stone fruit is summer, between May and early October, and it is considered best by many to choose fruits that are hard, so that they may be perfect in the coming days as they ripen swiftly off the vine.

In addition to the sweet, sometimes tart, and spectacularly juicy flavors and textures, these fruits are high in Vitamin A, C, potassium, and plant fiber. These specific nutrients help in the positive promotion of our bodies’ immune system, skin, vision, and digestion, all of which are very important in defending against disease and disorders caused by poor health, like type 2 diabetes.

According to studies published in 2012, Stone Fruits have the potential to defend against obesity-related diabetes and cardiovascular disease.  Specifically peaches, plums, and nectarines harbor bioactive compounds that have significant and beneficial effects in disease prevention.

Resources and Further Reading

How To Use The Pits of Stone Fruits:

Texas A&M research study, “Peaches, plums, nectarines give obesity, diabetes slim chance”:

Plant Anatomy from the Encyclopedia Britannica:

“Why Stone Fruits Make Refreshingly Healthy Summertime Snack”:


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