Summertime is here, and stone fruits are in full season.
Stone fruits fall in the botanical grouping known as drupes. A drupe is a fruit with a fleshy outer part that surrounds a shell which in turn contains a hardened internal seed.
Apricots, nectarines, peaches, plums…you see them all this time of year. And they are all drupes.
Drupes can be of the freestone, or the clingstone variety. Their name says it all: one type clings to the flesh, the other pit falls out freely.
Regardless of how you like your drupes, they tend to come to fruition this time of year. California produces roughly 80% of all of the fruits and vegetables grown in the US, and drupes in the Southern part of the state become available shortly before their neighbors to the North.
And just how do the better known drupes stack up when it comes to fiber content?
- 1 medium nectarine has 2.5 grams of fiber in a 62 calorie fruit
- 4 small, raw apricots have 2.8 grams of fiber in 68 calories worth of fruit
- 1 medium plum has 2.1 grams of fiber in a 60 calorie fruit
- 1 cup of cherries, without pits, has 3.2 grams of fiber in 97 calories of fruit
All in all, the drupes are a nutrient-dense group of fruits, with a good fiber payoff for their relatively light caloric load.
And don’t forget the drupes when you get your grill out: grill any stone fruit, brush lightly with olive oil and salt or season to taste for a fantastic addition to a summertime main meal.