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Get to Know Stone 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. 

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. 

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.


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! 

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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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