In honor of Eat a Peach Day (Aug. 22), today’s Friday Fix takes a peek at stone fruits – delicious jewels of summer perfection that are at their peak right now.
Peaches, plums, cherries, nectarines, mangoes (any fruit with a stone or pit in the center) – pick a plump and juicy one, pull up a chair and sink your teeth into this list of abundant nutritional benefits:
- Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients, which are what give stone fruits their vibrant yellow, orange, red and purple colors.
- A good source of potassium, calcium and fiber. You’ll get around three grams of fiber from a cup of sliced apricots, a cup of cherries, or a large nectarine.
- Cherries and plums are rich in anthocyanins, which may offer protection against cancer.
- Apricots and mangoes contain beta-carotene, a form of vitamin A. Half a cup of fresh apricots have about half the amount of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A.
You can certainly eat your stone fruit right out of the fruit basket (what’s summer without a little peach juice dribbling down your chin?) or you can consider these recipes from the American Institute for Cancer Research to take them to a whole new level: