"Plums, nectarines and peaches – fruits of the summer."

Stone fruit is a non-scientific term that refers to drupes, fruits in which an outer fleshy part surrounds a shell (the pit or stone) of hardened endocarp with a seed inside.

Plums

Plums come in a wide variety of colours and sizes, some are much firmer-fleshed than others, and some have yellow, white, green or red flesh. The taste of the plum fruit ranges from sweet to tart, it is very juicy and can be eaten fresh or used in jam-making or other recipes.

Benefits

  • Plum juice can be fermented into plum wine.
  • Dried plums (or prunes) are also sweet and juicy and contain several antioxidants.
  • Plums and prunes are known for their laxative effect.
  • Prunes and prune juice are often used to help regulate the functioning of the digestive system.

Peaches and nectarines

A favored fruit of kings and emperors, the peach dates back to China and was brought to Western Asia and India in ancient times. Peaches and nectarines are the same species, but are commercially regarded as different fruits.

Characteristics

  • In contrast to a peach, whose fruits present the characteristic fuzz on the skin, nectarines are characterized by the fuzz-less skin.
  • There are hundreds of peach and nectarine cultivars.
  • These are classified into two categories—the freestones and the clingstones.
  • Freestones are those for whom the fruit flesh separates readily from the pit and is preferred for eating fresh.
  • Clingstones are those for whom the flesh clings tightly to the pit and is often used for canning.

Enquiry

Packaging

Stone fruit - packaging
 DescriptionNett WeightGross WeightCartons per Standard PalletCartons per High Cube PalletCounts per Commodity Pack
PlumsDouble Layer Interlocking5,0 kg6,3 kg160 ctns -AAA, AA, A
PlumsMultiple Layer Interlocking5,0 kg6,3 kg180 ctns -AAA, AA, A

Availability

Please view our interactive South African production map to find out where each fruit variety is produced.

Stone fruit - availability