Stone Fruit (Peaches, Plums, Nectarines, Apricots and Pluots): Proper Storage and Handling

Peaches, plums and nectarines come into season in June, and Green BEAN Delivery offers them throughout the summer.

Due to their fragility during transport, we try to deliver our stone fruit in a not-quite ripe state. Being a little more firm helps the fruits withstand the jostling of transport. 

Organic stone fruits are free of pesticides and herbicides, significantly reducing their shelf life.

Members should expect organic peaches, plums, pluots, apricots, and nectarines to remain fresh for about 3-4 days.

Fun Facts

  • A pluot is 60% plum and 40% apricot. Less sweet than a plum but sweeter than an apricot.
  • The nectarine is like a smaller, sweeter peach with smooth, fuzz-less skin and dense flesh.
  • White peaches are extra sweet. While yellow peaches are sweet with a slightly more acid tang.

To ensure you are able to fully enjoy your stone fruit, here are some tips for keeping them delicious:

Pro Tips

  • If your plums, nectarines or pluots seem a little firm, leave at room temperature for a few days to ripen. Place in a brown paper bag for quicker ripening. Refrigerate ripe plums in a plastic bag and use within 3 days. Wash just before using.
  • Store peaches on the counter at room temperature until they are the ripeness you prefer. When ripe, peaches should be stored in the crisper bin of your refrigerator where they will keep for about 3 days.
  • Avocados can also be left on the kitchen counter to ripen. Avocados are ripe when flesh yields to gentle pressure. Ripe avocados may be stored in the vegetable drawer in the refrigerator for 5-7 days. To freeze avocado, puree flesh with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice per 2 avocados, and place in a tightly-closed container with the air removed. Frozen avocado can be kept three to six months.

If you need to request a credit for stone fruit you received that did not meet your expectations, please choose “Submit a Request” at the top of this page.




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