Apricots, peaches, plums and nectarines

I have never appreciated stone fruit until moving to Adelaide. Maybe it’s because the fruit I was eating in the past was picked, under ripe and a long way from where I was eating it. If you can get the fruit before the birds do you’ll have an abundance of fruit right through January. Starting early are the apricots, then come the white plums, purple plums, yellow nectarines and million dollar peaches. Eating fresh straight off the tree is great, but these fruits generally ripen at the same time and need some preserving or sharing with friends and family. Some ways to use the excess fruit are to dry fruit either in pieces or as fruit leather, cooked in tarts and free form pastries or made into jam.