One of summer’s many perks? Stone fruits–peaches, plums, apricots, and more–are approaching peak season. These fruits are delicious on their own or in salads, desserts, drinks, and even main dishes, but removing the pit can be, well, the pits. Here’s how to take the fuss out of the task:
1. Insert the edge of a sharp knife into the fruit at it’s seam until you hit the pit. Twist the fruit to cut along the midpoint, creating two equal halves.
2. Gently twist the halves in opposite directions until you feel the flesh give way from the pit.
3. Pop the pit out with your thumb. If the flesh clings to the pit, use a paring knife to cut around the pit and then pry it out.