Stone Fruits, Health benefits

Summer Stone Fruits

by Alyssa Adler on July 28, 2016

By Alyssa Adler

Stone fruits, or drupes, are fruits that have thin skin and a large and hard middle seed. Drupes include nectarines, peaches, plums, apricots and cherries. These fruits commonly grow in warm climates, but in the northern states the growing season is June to September.

Drupes are well known for their Vitamin C components. Vitamin C is an antioxidant, which helps fight off the free radicals that can be cancer causing. Vitamin C is also good for the skin and can aid in fighting skin damage, especially in the summer sun. In addition, vitamin C intake is important during treatment to keep the body nourished. According to a study, nectarines were found to have the highest phenolic and antioxidant activity of all the stone fruits.

Also, stone fruits are found to fight off obesity related diseases according to a study done by Texas A&M. More specifically, these fruits contain bioactive and phenolic components that are anti inflammatory, obesity fighting, and help lower LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol). As obesity is a risk factor for cancer, these components in stone fruits are beneficial to lessening cancer risk by controlling inflammation and obesity.

When out grocery shopping, select drupes that are bruise-free and have a sweet, fruity aroma. If they are hard, don’t put them in the fridge. Let them ripen and soften on the kitchen counter for a day or two until they are perfect to eat! Stone fruits are great cooked too. Try them in our Peach Salsa, Broiled Plums, Cherry Compote, or Steamed Apricot Pudding.


Alyssa Adler is a recent Boston University Graduate from Long Island, New York. She is a 2016 CFYL summer web intern. She graduated in May 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition Sciences with a concentration in Dietetics. Her goal is to attend graduate school in the fall of 2017 in pursuit of a Masters degree in dietetics and eventually obtain her Registered Dietitian license. Last June, Alyssa started a food blog called Red Delicious and Nutritious. Her blog focuses on healthy eating and living and how decadent foods can be made wholesome and delicious.

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