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Anatomy of Stone Fruit

You knew about stems and pits, but did you now that peaches, nectarines, plums and pluots have cheeks — and shoulders?

Anatomy of Stone Fruit
Stem End
The end at which fruit was attached to the tree. The depression around the stem is called the stem cavity.
Background Color
The yellow color on the skin of peaches and nectarines; golden yellow in yellow varieties and creamy yellow in white varieties.
Pit or Stone
The pit supports the fruit as it hangs from the stem and provides the pathway for nutrients flowing from the tree as the fruit grows.
Suture
The line running from the stem to the blossom end of the fruit.
Shoulders
The bulge around the stem cavity at the top of the fruit; it becomes full and rounded as the fruit matures.
Blush
The red color on a peach or nectarine caused by exposure to sunlight. Depending on the variety, it may cover from 10% to 100% of the fruit’s surface.
Cheek
The sides of the fruit on either side of the suture.
Flesh
The edible portion of a peach or nectarine.
Blossom End or Tip
The end opposite the stem.