How to Select, Store, and Cook Summer Produce
Stone Fruits (Plums, Peaches, Nectarines)How to choose: Gently squeeze plums, peaches, and nectarines; they should yield slightly. Look for richly colored plums with no brown spots. Peaches and nectarines should have no green or wrinkly patches.
How to store: Ripen stone fruits at room temperature, stem-end down. A sweet, flowery smell means peaches and nectarines are ripe and should be refrigerated, unwashed, in a plastic bag. Ripe plums have dull skins.
Shelf life: Ripe plums and yellow peaches will last in the refrigerator for three to five days. Nectarines and white peaches ripen more quickly; refrigerate them for only a day.
Best uses: Like berries, stone fruits are wonderful eaten out of hand. They can also be roasted, poached, or sautéed. Or cut the fruit in half, coat with butter and sugar, and grill for 2 to 3 minutes per side. Serve with ice cream.
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