It’s a time for sweet, juicy round things at the farmers markets. Sure, it’s a great place to pick up the ladies, but in this case we’re talking cherries, peaches, plums, apricots, and nectarines. These mainstay plumpish drupes are in their prime, ready for summer. Yes, we said drupes – drupe is synonymic with stone fruit. Any fruit with fleshy outer parts hugging a hardened shell (or pit) with a seed inside can be called as such.
The best stone fruit arrives in summer. Growers harvest stone fruits while they’re still a bit underripe so that they won’t bruise during transport. At the market, select those drupes that have the color and softness of fully ripened fruit, then take them home and let them soften on the counter for a few days before eating. Other drupes include fruits like coconuts, mangoes, jujubes, nectarines, dates, and olives. Culinary nuts like walnuts, almonds, and pecans are also drupes - we just eat the seed inside the pit instead of the fruit.
llustrated below are the lovely Drupes of Summer.