Foodie Friday in Season: Stone Fruit

June 17, 2012 by  
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By Olivia RassowWondering Which of your favorite? S for summer stone fruits are Considered? These varieties, named for their hard, like stone pit in the center, include peaches, plums, apricots, cherries, nectarines and. They sweeten summer picnic baskets, star in the most yummy desserts, and taste so good that you may be surprised by all the benefits they offer. Although different types vary, all stone fruits are loaded with the antioxidants and fiber that keep your body full and functioning at its best. They? Re so low in calories? The perfect summer snack! Peaches are high in potassium can lower blood pressure Which aid and arthritis symptoms. A large size peach has 3 grams of fiber that is to keep you fuller longer. Plums and prunes (dried plums) contain chlorogenic acid and neochlorogenic Which Can Help preventable damage from free radicals, and their fiber content could lower your risk of heart disease. Apricots are good for your eyes and skin because they? Re high in vitamin A. One cup of apricots provides 60% of the daily recommendation of vitamin A. Cherries, tart cherries and Particularly, contain high concentrations of antioxidants and flavonoids that block enzymes associated with inflammation. They make a great post-workout snack. Use your senses to pick the best stone fruit. It should smell sweet and have bruise-free skin. Give it a squeeze? Ripe fruit is firm with some give. Peaches and nectarines may be even more delicate and tender when ripe. Keep in mind that stone fruits are some of the most heavily pesticide sprayed crops, so you could consider buying organic. You should keep stone out on the counter as its flavors are best preserved at room temperature. These summer staples are known to stand out in the pie, cobbler or jam. Add them to your cereal or smoothie, or try them grilled. To get some ideas on how to incorporate these fabulous fruits to your diet in, check out some of our favorite recipes below, but, of course, you can always just pick one up and eat it as is. Forbidden Black Rice with Shrimp, Peaches, and Snap PeasTuscan Kale with Almonds, Plums, and Goat Cheese-Ginger Cherry Apricot Fruit Tart SconesCrisp

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