One of my favorite things that comes in my weekly CSA box from Riverdog Farm is a bag or two of stone fruit. Earlier in the summer I had amazing little apricots - something I never thought I liked only having it in the jam form. Fresh apricots were soft, sweet, but not overpowering. They were absolutely perfect. Now we've moved into plum and peach season and my own peach tree is just about to burst. Fresh fruit from a farmer or your own tree tastes so much better than one from a grocery store. Chances are, the fruit from your farmer was picked that morning, still with the dew on it. And you can't get any fresher than fruit from your own trees. I'm pretty holistic when it comes to stone fruit - I like it plain, drizzled with a tiny bit of honey, or tossed in a salad. I like the fruit to shine on its own since we only get a few months of it, if that, during the year. And of course, stone fruit doesn't just taste good, its also super good for you.
Apricots are rich in antioxidants, are anti-inflammatory, and are great protectors of your eyesight. In fact, researchers have linked people who eat three or more servings of fruit each day with less risk of vision loss during aging. Apricots also have a significant amount of soluble fiber for their size which helps maintain healthy blood glucose and cholesterol levels. 1 cup of fresh apricots give you:
- 79 calories
- 247 mg of potassium - helps heart, brain, kidney, and muscle tissue health
- 63% Daily Value of Vitamin A - strong eyes, vision, helps heart, lungs, and kidney function
- 27% Daily Value of Vitamin C
Nectarines are high in beta-carotene, which gives them their bright color. Your body actually takes beta-carotene and turns it into as much Vitamin A as it needs - how amazing is that? And The American Cancer Society actually recommends that we get beta-carotene from food instead of supplements. So eat up! Nectarines are also a good source of Vitamin C, fiber, and potassium.
Did you know peaches have 10 different kinds of vitamins? Vitamin A, C, E, K, and six of the B complex. Lots of antioxidants and nutrients for your cells and nerves. They also have fiber and potassium. 1 medium peach gives you:
- 59 calories
- 0 mg cholesterol
- 285 mg potassium
- 2.2 grams fiber
- 16% Daily Value Vitamin C
- 9% Daily Value Vitamin A
Just like all the other fruits listed above, plums are high in antioxidants thanks to their content of Vitamin C. Plums (and their dried variety, the prune) are better at helping the body absorb iron better, thanks again to their high levels of Vitamin C.
So enjoy your stone fruit for the next few months while we have it!