What would life be like without the budget-beater classic of tinned peaches and cream for dessert? While we won’t ever judge for cooking with tinned fruit, there’s something to be said about enjoying it when it’s at its seasonal peak and in South Africa, that happens to be summer.
We produce more than 4.7 million tons of fruit, with stone fruit making up 34%. Much of our fruit is exported (in fact, just over half of it!). When we talk about stone fruit, we’re referring to the category called deciduous fruit, which includes apricots, nectarines and plums. Did you know that nectarines and peaches are some of the first fruit to be grown in South Africa after the arrival of Jan van Riebeeck in 1655? By 1892, they were the most planted trees in the Cape Colony. To this day, most of the stone fruit produced come from the Western Cape.
The great thing about these orbs of juicy deliciousness is that they’re incredibly versatile, bringing their pizzaz to both savoury and sweet dishes. They can hold their shape when heated, and their vibrant colour adds visual appeal to almost any dish.
We’ve selected ten Food24 recipes for you to make using this season’s stone fruit. Did we mention that they’re cheaper now, too? So load up that trolley!