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Stone fruit

Stone fruit refers to plant species with drupe fruits. This means that the inner part of the pericarp is woody, while the outer part is fleshy and often juicy. The pit or stone distinguishes these fruits from berries, the fleshy outer pericarp and pulp distinguishes them from nuts.






The apricot is a member of the rose family.
This stone fruit has an average size of four to eight centimetres, is almost round, has a velvety skin and a bright yellow to orange colour. Apricots flower between March and April.




The plum is a member of the rose family. It grows as a branched shrub or tree which can reach a height of six to ten metres and has a grey-brown almost smooth bark. The plant flowers in April or May. The fruits vary in size, shape and colour depending on the variety. The fruits are on average one to eight centimetres long and taste sweet to tart.




The hard-fleshed cherry and the heart-cherry were cultivated from the native wild cherry (prunus avium). The cultivated forms usually have larger leaves, larger and sweeter fruits and are commonly referred to as sweet cherries. The sweet cherry is a deciduous tree which can reach a height of 15 to 20 metres, occasionally even growing to be 30 metres tall. It occurs naturally in parts of Europe, northern Turkey, the Caucasus, Transcaucasia and northern Iran.