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The Ultimate Guide To Stone Fruit

Stone Fruit Guide

Say hello to stone fruit! We’re talking apricots, cherries, nectarines, plums, pluots, apriums, and sweet summery peaches. What makes a stone fruit, also called a drupe, a stone fruit? It’s the rock-hard pit in the center. What’s more, there are two types of pits: freestone and clingstone. Freestone pits pull away cleanly, whereas clingstones are harder to separate because they—you guessed it!—cling to the flesh of the fruit.

It’s stone fruit season and there’s no time to waste. Our guide to enjoying every juice-dripping-down-your-chin bite while you still can. 

Stone Fruit Guide

What Are Stone Fruits?

Let’s start with the heart of the matter. What makes a stone fruit a stone fruit is the pit in the center. There are two types of pits: freestone or clingstone. Freestone pits pull away cleanly, whereas clingstones are harder to separate. 

How to Store Stone Fruits

When it comes to storage, follow the room temp rule. Store on your countertop away from the sun. Stone fruit is ready to eat when it’s slightly soft to the touch and smells fruity and fragrant. A little too ripe? Preserving it for a couple days in the fridge is okay, too.

How to Store, Slice, and Serve Stone Fruits

While we suggest simply biting into a juicy stone fruit and snacking on it whole, there are a number of recipes that call for sliced and diced stone fruit. Plus, you’ll want to wait to enjoy them until they’re nice and ripe and juicy.

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Get to Know Each Stone Fruit


You might be used to the syrupiness of dried apricots, but when fresh, they’re sweet, juicy, and a little tart. The mild tartness comes from the skin, which you can peel off if you want to make jam or dessert. 


There are so many types of cherries—red Rainiers, yellowish Bings, black and sour varieties—so we’re endlessly experimenting in the kitchen. Invest in a pitter to easily whip up savory pan sauces and sweet compotes or crumbles.


Plums are usually a rich red or dark purple color. The inside, however, can be golden yellow. The tartness of plums lends itself to savory dishes. Grilled and paired with pork chops, tossed with bitter greens, or served with salty cheese. 

Peaches & Nectarines

These two get mixed up because they share similar flavors, but fuzzy peaches are often tangier than sweet and sharp nectarines. (Yellow varieties are usually higher in acidity, so we tend to use those for baking.)

Donut Peaches

We’ve got a soft spot for donut peaches. Squat, lumpy, and even the “perfect” ones are a little funny-looking. But what makes them different, flavor-wise? They’re softer, sweeter, and almost candy-like. Less fuzzy, too. 


Pluots are a plum-apricot hybrid, but they’re more plum than apricot in taste, and more apricot than plum in mouthfeel. Flavorosa, Dapple Dandy, and Flavor Grenade are just a few varieties of pluot you might come across. 


Sort of like a pluot but flipped around: more apricot in taste with a hint of plum. Apriums are also sweeter than regular apricots!

What to Cook with Stone Fruit

The best part about stone fruit? They’re super versatile and mostly interchangeable. That means you can substitute whatever stone fruit you have on hand for recipes that call for peaches, plums, nectarines, and even apricots and cherries. Here, our 10 must-try stone fruit recipes.

Stone Fruit Cobbler

You can mix and match stone fruit, or even throw in some berries if you have them. And here’s a handy time-saving tip: Instead of laboring over the crunchy topping, use granola instead. Learn how to make stone fruit cobbler.

Grilled Peach and Burrata Salad

Sugary-sweet grilled peaches pair beautifully with the richness of the fresh burrata cheese and the saltiness from ribbons of aged prosciutto. Learn how to make a peach and burrata salad.

Plum and Red Wine Ice Pops

Ice pops aren’t just for little kids—in fact, our red wine-infused take on the childhood classic is for grownups only. Swap in whatever kind of stone fruit you’ve got on hand, just don’t skimp on the infused honey simple syrup. Learn how to make popsicles with plums.

Summer Stone Fruit Bread Salad

Maybe it’s not your traditional panzanella, which is a popular Italian salad with stale bread soaked with tomatoes and onions, we think this summery stone fruit version is pretty great, too. Sweet stone fruit and nutty, salty Parmesan are one dynamic duo we can always get behind. Learn how to make stone fruit panzanella.

Peach and Goat Cheese Tarts

This summer-y spin on pineapple upside-down cake couldn’t be easier, thanks to frozen puff pastry. Tangy goat cheese plays the perfect counterpart to your best and brightest stone fruit (plums, nectarines, or even a combo!). Learn how to make peach and goat cheese tarts.

White Peach and Cherry Sangria Punch

Celebrate stone fruit season with a refreshing adult bev that’s sure to wow. Learn how to make Bobby Flay’s white peach and cherry sangria.

Still can’t get enough stone fruit? Read more:

Nectarines and Peaches: What’s the Difference?

The Ultimate Produce Storage Guide

Fruits and Vegetables That Don’t Need to Be Refrigerated

Comments (14)

Thank you so much for this guide. Helpful!
If possible, please let us know if the peaches that are in our choices are cling or freestone types. Thanks!

Hi Pauline! We’re sorry to hear that you’re still waiting for your box. You should have received an email from us with tracking information—that’s the best place to check for a status on where your box is located. If you cannot find that email or you think your box is delayed, lease fill out a ticket with our customer success team here: and they will look into the delay. Thank you!

Thank you for this. I use Misfits not only to avoid trips to the store and because I believe in what you are doing, but to try new fruits and veggies. This order I am receiving pluots, a fruit I’ve never heard of. Now I know what it is. Appreciate the information.

Hi Grace, we’re sorry to hear that you never received your order! Once your box has been shipped, you should receive an email from our team with tracking information. That will have the most up to date information regarding your order. If you have not received this email and are still waiting on your order, please fill out a ticket with our customer success team here: and we will look into this issue ASAP. Thank you!

I purchased this service for my college age daughter in order to assure that she will always have fresh fruit and vegetables at school ???? She has commented that she is eating so many different varieties of veggies and fruits now because of Misfits.

Hi! I’m a new “Misfitter,” *really* looking forward to my first box arriving Friday. I’m still not quite clear on how to add items to my order, but I sure hope there’s some stone fruit in this week’s! I’ve been dying for a peach or something like one 🙂 Anyway, if you get the chance, could you guide me to the place where adding to your order is explained? Thanks!

Hi Cathy, welcome to the Misfits Market family! We’re so excited that you decided to give us a try. Currently, a select number of customers are able to customize their boxes—we’re beta testing the functionality and will be rolling this out to everyone soon! On Thursdays, you will receive an email reminder from the Misfits Market team that you can customize your box and also choose Marketplace add-on items. This window for choosing is open once a week between Thursday at 4 p.m. ET and Saturday 8 p.m. ET. Simply log into the website and visit your account page and you’ll be directed to your selections from there!

If you have any further questions on how to place or order or customize a box, please fill out a ticket with our customer success team here:

Thank you!

Received my first box after being left on my front steps for 11 hours without my knowledge by fed-x. All he had to do was open screen door and slide on porch. Screen is never locked. Did not enjoy the roots (beets and some other root). I am going to try the fruit this week and see if I have better success.

My 1st order was due for delivery Friday August 28th. Received an update for Delivery for Saturday August 29t,then another for Sunday August 30th . If that isn’t enough I just received another one saying it won’t be delivered until Tuesday September 1st. Definitely never ordering again.

Hi Lam, we’re sorry to hear you had issues with your recent order. We know how disappointing that is. We recently moved into a new, larger warehouse to service more customers and due to the move, we alerted all customers that there would possibly be a 1-2 delay on all orders. However, we want to look into this issue and make it right. Please fill out a ticket with our customer success team here: and they will help you as soon as they can. Thank you!

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