Chapter 6

Stone Fruits Production, Postharvest Storage, Processing and Nutrition

Muhammad Siddiq

Abstract

Apricots, cherries, peaches, nectarines, and plums (all belonging to genus Prunus), are commonly referred to as “stone fruits” due to the fact that their seed is enclosed in a hard (stone-like) endocarp. Stone fruits are produced in almost all agroecological regions of the world, with commercial production reported in over 80 countries. All stone fruits are healthy and nutritious, being low in calories and rich in many nutrients and bioactive compounds (antioxidants). Stone fruits, except for sour cherries, are enjoyed fresh due to their rich flavors and aromas. Stone fruits are processed into a variety of products, e.g., canned, frozen, dried, puree, juice, concentrate, jam, and jelly. This chapter provides an overview of stone fruits production, postharvest physiology and storage, processing/products, nutritional profile, and health benefits.

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