Stone Fruit Summer

Take a trip down memory lane when you walk through the produce department at Central Market. Stone fruits are ripe and ready for snacking, cooking and reminiscing on the porch this summer. Pour a glass of peach iced tea, cool the pie in the window sill and kick back in the swing.

I can’t see or smell a plum or peach without my memory instantly jolting me back to my grandmother’s garden in the North Texas country and summers spent perched in the top of her fruit trees (I was much smaller then obviously), plucking colorful plums right off the branches and devouring them, covering my face and clothes in sticky juice and spitting the pits out on the ground below. Something about the earthy texture and sweet sunshine bursting through the skin of a ripe stone fruit kept me in that tree from dawn until dinner some days, and lives on in memory forever.

Inside the kitchen, the plums were being “put up” in jars, made into jelly and preserves, and the peaches were being baked into pies and cobblers faster than they could hit the ground. There were no luxurious summer vacations for us; we picked okra that “itched” our hands and shelled peas on the screened-in porch and loved every minute of it. I didn’t realize that Foodie history was being piped into my brain at the time – I just thought everyone spent their summers this way.

Stone fruit season is here at Central Market and that means plums, peaches, nectarines, cherries, apricots and the like are all in abundance and at their peak. Walk by a display and you’ll waft in that unmistakable aroma of ripe Texas peaches – there’s no way you can resist them. And, of course, our Produce experts will be on hand to show you how to pick the right one for you, and how to bag them for optimum ripeness and longevity. Our Foodies will be cooking with them all over the store and offering up the latest recipe ideas. We’re making new food memories every day that rival some of the old ones.

What are your favorite stone fruits, and do they hold a special place in your childhood memories? Do you have any recipes you’d like to share? 
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2 Comment(s):

Kathleen DeForest wrote on 6/3/2013 4:14:30 PM

I loooove pear preserves. Thanks for that memory!

Wanda K. wrote on 6/1/2013 1:22:44 AM

Kathleen's well written story brought back memories of fruit and vegetable picking and fixing from bygone days. I remember the wonderful taste of tree ripe pears that only required a trip past the cornfield. My favorite though was the pear preserves my grandmother put up each year. The were sooo ... good on toast buttered with home churned butter. And this was in the 19 "60"s - not so long ago, a slow food environment before that term was invented.

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