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Stonefruit

apricots-thumbSummer heat brings out the best in seasonal stone fruit. With the exception of Cherries, July and August are peak season for California Apricots, Peaches, Plums and Nectarines. All of these varieties of stone fruit are descendants of species native to Asia.

The challenge with stone fruit-peaches in particular-is to find fruit that is ripening at the proper time, and for that reason, we will be using local growers for stone fruit as the fruit is often picked with more regard to how our customers want their fruit.

Apricot

Apricot

Relatives to peaches, apricots are small, golden orange fruits with soft velvety skin varying in color from pale yellow to deep orange with a hint of pink blush.

Cherry - Bing

Cherry - Bing

This popular cherry has red/mahogany-colored skin and flesh with a relatively small stone. The fruit itself is crisp, firm and juicy and is known for its sweet, rich flavor.

Cherry - Brooks

Cherry - Brooks

The Brooks cherry is a hybrid of the Burlat and Rainier cherries, combining the positive attributes of both varieties with independent characteristics resulting in early maturing fruit with superior flavor. The Brooks cherry is classified as a sweet cherry. They are a rounded glossy firm fruit with an intense red flesh.

Cherry-Coral Champagne

Cherry-Coral Champagne

An early season cherry with low acid, glossy red flesh and a very sweet flavor that is similar to a Bing cherry.

Nectarine

Nectarine

Closely related to a peach, a nectarine is an aromatic, summer stonefruit. Nectarines have smooth skin, firm textured flesh with deep, bright red markings on its orange-yellow skin and a sweet-tart flavor that is subtly different than a peach.

Peaches

Peaches

Peaches, a member of the rose family, are a juicy stone fruit with a sweet flavor similar to that of wildflower honey with underlying notes of citrus.

Plum

Plum

Relatives of the peach, nectarine and almond, plums are the most diverse group of stone fruit. Their color ranges from green through yellow to red, purple and blue, their flavor from very sweet to sour.

Pluot

Pluot

A plum-apricot hybrid with colorful smooth skin, red-purple flesh, firm texture and sweet flavor-more plum than apricot.