We consider ourselves somewhat of fruit connoisseurs, after all, we are adding everything from berries to cherries to our smoothies daily. Though we tend to rely heavily on frozen fruit to get us through the lean winter months (ok, not so lean here in California), it's during the summer time that the farmer's market starts to come alive with some of our favorite fruits, whether we're adding them to our smoothie or just eating them by themselves.
Depending on where you are in the country, stone fruits are starting to pop up pretty consistently, and to us, this truly signals the arrival of the summer months. From cherries to apricots to any varietal of peaches, stone fruits are a quintessential summer fruit.
As you probably have guessed, or put together by now, they are called stone fruits because of the little "stone" inside them - ie the "pit." This is not to be confused with the seed, which is hidden inside the stone. You've probably seen this when getting a little too aggressive cutting open a peach and gone straight through it's center to reveal the seed inside the stone.
Not all stone fruits are so obvious, though. A little known fact is that raspberries are actually a type of stone fruit. We swear. They are made up of a bunch of little individual sections called "drupelets" and each has a little individual stone. Weird, we know. But tasty.
As you know, our Primo Smoothie includes tart cherry extract to deliver some of its anti-inflammatory benefits, but when cherries are in season, we're bit fans of grabbing a handful and tossing them into our smoothie for a little added benefit (and fiber).
Have fun at the market looking for new and different types of stone fruits to add to your smoothie, or just eat by themselves. We'll see you out there! Here's a quick recipe to try with some seasonal stone fruit:
2 scoops Primo Smoothie
1/2 cup fresh cherries
8 oz almond milk or coconut milk
a few ice cubes
Blend until smooth!