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All about stone fruits

By
Amanda Etty
Photography by
iStockphoto®

Learn all about these sweet and juicy summertime snacks.

 
What are stone fruits?
Stone fruits are technically known as drupes, and contain hard pits (or stones) that encase the kernel (or seed).

Stone fruits are:
  • Low in calories. A light and refreshing fruit, peaches are only 60 calories a pop, and have a high water content.
  • A good source of vitamin A & C. Stone fruits deliver vitamins A and C, which promote long-term health.
  • Contain fibre. The skins contain heart-healthy fibre, which aids in digestion.

Did you know?
Nectarine and peach trees are the exact same plant. Due to a recessive gene, nectarines don’t have fuzzy skin.

How to peel stone fruit
If you prefer your peaches fuzz-free, the best technique for peeling one is to plunge it into boiling water for 10 to 20 seconds to loosen the skin, then slip it off.

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