Cook up peaches, nectarines, cherries, and plums in desserts, salads, and more
Take apricots in a savory direction with mustard seeds, cilantro, and a little chile.
Recipe: Chilled Poached Halibut with Fresh Apricot Salsa
Oozy, mild melted cheese pairs beautifully with the sweet and tangy fruit.
Recipe: Grilled Fresh Mozzarella and Apricot on Sourdough
Wrap the fruit and seafood in prosciutto, add simple seasonings, and grill.
Recipe: Apricot Shrimp Skewers
Top ripe Blenheim apricots with an easy spiced oat and nut streusel.
Recipe: Fresh Apricot Crisp
The apricots and brown sugar caramelize in a grill-top skillet as they would on a stove. Using a muffin pan produces puffs
that look like mini Dutch babies.
Recipe: Grilled Apricot Puffs with Honey Crème Fraîche
A rustic cream cheese and spiced orange crust goes over lots of fresh fruit.
Recipe: Apricot Patty-cake Cobbler
You can make these refreshing summer cocktails with jalapeño or Thai chiles.
Recipe: Peach Martini with Chiles from the Garden
Jennifer Jasinski, chef and co-owner of Rioja in Denver, makes her salad with fresh Colorado peaches and a Spanish blue cheese,
but it’s also good made with many Western blue cheeses.
Recipe: Grilled Peach Salad with Rosemary Dressing
This fresh and light salad is beautiful enough to serve to company.
Recipe: Grilled Chicken and Peach Kebab Salad
This spicy, refreshing combo is ready in 30 minutes.
Recipe: Curried Peach and Shrimp Salad
Highlight the delicate flavor of white peaches with vanilla bean, wine, and crème fraîche.
Recipe: Vanilla and Riesling Poached White Peaches
Filled with sweetened ricotta, these are excellent for brunch or dessert.
Recipe: Crêpes with Warm Cognac Peaches and Almonds
If you're looking for a classic peach pie, here it is.
Recipe: Peach Streusel Pie
You know the classic cocktail. Now try it frozen for dessert.
Recipe: Bellini Sorbet
Try it tonight: dinner in 15 minutes.
Recipe: Rotisserie Chicken with Peaches, Walnuts, and Basil
When you want to enjoy fresh summer peaches all winter long, try canning them.
Recipe: Spiced Peaches
Sweetened condensed milk is the secret ingredient in this special ice cream.
Recipe: Easy Dreamy Peachy Ice Cream
Three summer stone fruits go into this recipe. It's great over scones, in crepes, and over ice cream.
Recipe: Golden Fruit Conserve
Here's an easy refrigerator jam recipe that's perfect for first-time jam-makers.
Recipe: Peach-Raspberry-Lavender Jam
Try this last-minute dessert with a pound cake you pick up from the store.
Recipe: Sautéed Peaches over Pound Cake
This sweet and delicately spicy summer salad would be an excellent accompaniment to grilled chicken or fish.
Recipe: Arugula Salad with White Nectarines and Mango Chutney Dressing
The rose water is subtle here, just enough to bring out the fruit’s floral quality. You’ll need popsicle molds and sticks.
Recipe: Nectarine Creamsicles with Rose Water
These are especially good in the fall, using ripe, sweet, end-of-season fruit--the spice mixture really pops. You can make
the recipe with peaches instead if you like.
Recipe: Grilled Pork Chops with Plum Chutney
Red wine and spices are outstanding with plums in these 30-minute individual trifles.
Recipe: Plum and Wine Trifles
Stripes of plums, apricots, and raspberries give you 3 summer fruits in one treat.
Recipe: Layered Fruitsicles
Few farmers in the West grow greengages, but if you get them, celebrate their honey-sweet flavor in this salad. White peaches
make an excellent substitute.
Recipe: Greengage Plum Salad with Mint and Pistachios
Indian spices play up the sour kick from the plum skins, and both are fantastic with pork’s natural sweetness.
Recipe: Grilled Pork Chops with Fresh Plum Chutney
This easy dessert starts with frozen puff pastry.
Recipe: Pluot Tart
A cross between plums and apricots, pluots have an explosive flavor that only gets better when you accent it with spices.
The crisp crust tastes like it took all day to make but requires no special pastry skills.
Recipe: Spiced Crostata with Pluots
Substitute fresh Rainiers in recipes that call for dried cherries. Spinach salad gets a whole new life that way.
Recipe: Cherry and Bacon Spinach Salad
The cherries' bursts of sweet juice offset the richness of the pasta.
Recipe: Cherry Brown Butter Ravioli
Fresh cherries cut the richness of this dense, extra chocolatey dessert.
Recipe: Dark Chocolate Tart, Cherries, and Almond Whipped Cream
We couldn't get enough of this sundae. Every layer has a sweet, tart cherry flavor and decadent chocolatiness. (The brownies
are great on their own too, and work well for picnics.)
Recipe: Triple Cherry Chocolate Brownie Sundaes
After fresh cherry season is over, you can keep making this with frozen fruit.
Recipe: Cherry Sherbet
An indulgent recipe for a special summer brunch.
Recipe: Chocolate Waffles with Poached Cherries
Rainiers are stunning in cocktails in place of fluorescent maraschinos (and are great on ice cream too). They'll start to
darken after a month, but will taste even better.
Recipe: Brandied Cherries