A stone fruit refers to a type of fruit that contains a hard, stone-like pit or seed in its center. The pit is typically surrounded by juicy flesh, which is the edible part of the fruit. Common examples of stone fruits include peaches, plums, apricots, cherries, nectarines and, as at our Frankwood Ranch, pluots.
Stone fruit belong to the botanical family Rosaceae and the genus Prunus. They are characterized by their fleshy outer layer and the large, hard seed within. The term “stone fruit” comes from the fact that the seed or pit is hard like a stone.
Stone fruit are typically seasonal fruits that are available during the summer months. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, ranging from small cherries to large peaches and hybrids like our pluots and are known for their juicy, sweet, and often fragrant flesh.