Anatomy of Stone Fruit

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The bulge around the stem cavity at the top of the fruit; it becomes full and rounded as the fruit matures.


The sides of the fruit on either side of the suture.


The line running from the stem to the blossom end of the fruit.

Blossom End or Tip

The end opposite the stem.


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.

Stem End

The end at which fruit was attached to the tree. The depression around the stem is called the stem cavity.

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.


The edible portion of a peach or nectarine.

Background Color

The yellow color on the skin of peaches and nectarines; golden yellow in yellow varieties and creamy yellow in white varieties.