Are Peaches a Stone Fruit? (EXPLAINED)

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Are Peaches a Stone Fruit (EXPLAINED)

Peaches are juicy fruit that originating from northwest China. Today, peaches are consumed by almost every nation, but China still produces well over half of the world’s supply of peaches and nectarines.

Peaches belong to the genus Prunus, meaning they are related to apricots, cherries, plums, almonds, and even roses.

But, let’s get right to the real subject (and question) here; are peaches considered a stone fruit?

Quick Answer: Yes, peaches are considered stone fruit. Peaches are a perfect example of stone fruit, they have thing skin, a mass of thick flesh underneath, with a hard inedible stone in the center.

Are Peach Stones Freestone or Clingstone?

Peach stones are as excellent an example of freestones as there are. All you must do to remove the stone is split open the peace wide enough for the stone to fall out. 

Most of the time the stones will do just that, fall out on their own. For this reason, it is best to simply slice the peach up the side and gently open it and let the stone come out.  

Similar Stone Fruits

  • Apricots are a stone fruit that is related to peaches by virtue of sharing the same genus.
  • Almond are similar to peaches, as both of these freestone fruits belong to the same genus (yes, almonds are actually a fruit).
  • Plums are also related to peaches, both stone fruits belonging to the same genus as the rose family.
  • Cherries are a fourth stone fruit that is directly related to peaches by genus (rose family), though they are vastly different fruits.

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