Sprouts Farmers Market shares the secret to storing stone fruits this summer

Apricots, cherries, and peaches, oh my!

WEST PALM BEACH, Florida (SOUTH FLORIDA WEEKEND) - It’s stone fruit season at Sprouts Farmers Market! Not sure what a stone fruit is? Stone fruit is any fruit with a center pit, also called a stone!

There are tons of stone fruit varieties available right now at Sprouts Farmers Market. Here are a few details from Sprouts on the different types and how to store them properly:

  • Yellow Peaches
    • Tangy & slightly acidic. As they soften, their sweetness intensifies
    • Great to use in pie, turnovers and other baked goods
  • White Peaches
    • Sweet and mild with delicate, pinkish-white flesh
    • Softer in texture than yellow varieties so great for fresh fruit boards, salads and snacking
  • Cherries
    • Red, bright sweet flavor
    • The color of these is going to darken as they ripen
    • Look for cherries that are glossy and firm, with sturdy bright green stems
  • Nectarines
    • White and yellow nectarine varieties
    • Cousin to the peach
    • Plump, fleshy stone fruit with glossy skin and firm bite
    • White nectarines are sweeter but remain firm when baked so great to use in raw and cooked dishes
  • Apricots
    • `Red apricots are extra juicy, fragrant and sweet with firm skin that will yield to gentle pressure when ripe.
    • Golden apricots are delicious canned or made into jam, but of course you can eat them fresh.

Storage Tips

· Not quite ripe? Place your stone fruit in a paper bag, out of direct sunlight at room temperature.

· Store in a plastic bag in the crisper drawer to preserve freshness for three to five days

· Too ripe? Don’t toss. Chop up the fruit, toss in saucepan with water, sugar and cinnamon for a fruit compote to top ice cream, waffles, pancakes, yogurt and more.

To find a Sprouts Farmers Market near you, visit Sprouts.com.