If the weather hasn't convinced you, here's proof that summer's here.

Stone fruit is hitting the Co-op! Peaches, plums, pluots, nectarines, and more!

Pluots and plumcots are tasty crosses between apricots and plums. Pluots are sweeter and juicier and taste more like plums, and plumcots are more like apricots. Look for other tasty crosses like nectarcots (nectarines crossed with apricots).

Stone fruit is always a special pleasure enjoyed on its own--but there are also flavors they pair unforgettably with. Here are some ideas, from the Seattle Times:

Apricots: Pure vanilla and almond extracts, dark brown sugar; freshly grated lemon zest and juice, cherries, raspberries, strawberries, nectarines, peaches; freshly grated nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice and cardamom; mint, Mexican tarragon; almonds, hazelnuts; brandy, Cointreau, Grand Marnier, Kirsch.

Nectarines: Almonds, hazelnuts; blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, cherries, figs, lemon, lime; basil, cinnamon basil, mint; brown sugar, caramel; cinnamon, ginger, black pepper, vanilla; framboise, champagne.

Peaches: Almonds, hazelnuts, pecans; apricots, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, cherries, red currants, plums, citrus fruits (lemon, lime, orange); basil, cinnamon basil, Mexican tarragon; cinnamon, cloves, ginger, vanilla; brown sugar, caramel, honey, maple syrup; bourbon, brandy, Cassis, champagne, framboise, Grand Marnier, Kirsch, rum.

Plums: Almonds, walnuts; apricots, cherries, grapefruit, lemon, oranges, peaches, rhubarb; basil, mint; brown sugar, caramel, honey; cinnamon, ginger, vanilla; brandy, Muscat, Sauternes, red wine.

Date: Friday July 10, 2015

Category: Summer

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