Stone fruit becomes sweeter and more flavourful the riper it is. When the flesh eventually bruises and it becomes too soft to eat, there are several ways to make use of this seasonal delicacy. Remove the pips and spread on toast with honey, to make an instant raw jam, blend them into your morning smoothie or, if it’s after 5pm, turn them into a refreshing frozen daiquiri. It takes just minutes to prepare, and makes you feel as if you’re a master cocktail maker.
Stone fruit may seem exotic, but they grow well in the UK, too. Imported fruit tends to be picked earlier to ensure its firm enough for transport, then wrapped in excessive packaging to protect it from bruising. This takes its toll not just on the environment, but on the flavour and texture of the fruit, too, which is often bland and woolly. Seasonal British varieties can be picked closer to their perfect eating point, giving them a flavourful advantage. The shorter food chain also reduces waste, which is inevitable when short-life products are transported for long distances with complex logistics. Buying fruit and vegetables from a farm stall or box scheme shortens the chain even further, while at the same time improving the quality of produce.
Ripe fruit frozen daiquiri
This heavenly daiquiri is a great way to spoil guests at a party. Use a single stone fruit for a simple flavour, or create your own combinations with whatever fruit you have available. I love an apricot or peach daiquiri especially. If using non-organic limes, omit the zest to avoid fungicide and pesticides – that goes for stone fruit too, if possible, because much of it contains high pesticide residues. Keep stone fruit in the fridge as soon as they are ripe, to prevent them going over, but eat at room temperature for the best flavour.
200g ripe stone fruit (plums, apricots, peaches), pitted
150ml white rum
4 tbsp agave syrup or honey, plus extra to taste
Zest and juice of 1 lime, ideally organic
300g ice, plus extra to taste
Put everything in a blender and blitz to an even slush. Add more ice to thicken, or a dash of water to thin, then add more agave or honey to sweeten, if desired. Serve in a chilled glass with a spoon, and enjoy.
August 6, 2022 at 11:03AM Tom Hunt