There’s a lot of nutrition and flavor hidden in a less common yet easy-to-keep fruit family; stone fruit. Stone fruits are a category of fruit with a thin skin, soft flesh and a hard stone (stone) in the center that contains the seed of the plant. The stone fruit season runs from late spring, when you see cherries and apricots popping up at the farmers’ market, to mid to late summer and into fall, when mangoes, plums, peaches and nectarines sparkle.
Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD, plant-based sports dietitian at Greenletes in New York City: “All drupes are a good source of carbohydrates, the primary fuel source for cycling. Because the body can quickly digest the sugar in fruit, all drupes are delicious eaten for 30 minutes.” before you jump on your bike.”
What nutrients do you get from stone fruit?
“Each type of stone fruit has different nutritional benefits,” Robinson says. For example, cherries contain more flavonoids and natural sleep-promoting melatonin. Nectarines and mangoes contain more vitamin C that supports the immune system. Apricots, cherries, nectarines, mangoes and plums contain the most antispasmodic potassium. Apricots, plums, peaches and mangoes are also good sources of immune-supporting carotenoids. The benefits of peaches, nectarines and plums also include packing the antioxidants, lutein and zeaxanthin, which support eye health. And peaches and nectarines also contain the fewest sugars.
While the nutritional value of stone fruit varies slightly by variety, each fruit provides a range of health benefits. Moving on, the nutrition facts per 1-cup (seedless) serving of some of the most common raw drupes, according to the USDA.