Stone fruits are so-called because they have a pit/stone that acts as a protective shell for their seeds. The norm is to throw these pits away after eating; indeed, they are not meant to be directly ingested. But did you know that there are many clever ways to reuse them? You can make zest out of fruit pits to augment the flavor of your meals and even use them to make syrups! Read on for exciting ideas to try out; there's even something for the kids!
There is a wide range of stone fruits; this includes peaches, nectarines, plums, lychees, mangoes, almonds, apricots, and cherries.
From what we have noticed, these fruits are some of the most delicious ever. It would indeed be a waste not to take advantage of their pits, which are suitable for seasoning food, making compost, and even adding special decorative touches around a home.
Enrich the soil in your garden or potted plants by adding compost fortified with nutrients. Fruit pits can help you do that. All that is required is that you mix in the pits while making the compost.
To prepare, place one cup of pits in a glass jar and pour in four cups of the vinegar. Cover the jar and give its content a vigorous shake.
Leave the jar to sit at room temperature in a darkened room for three weeks. This produces a zesty vinegar that can augment the taste of any dish you add it to – think salads and yummy sauces!
This flavorful syrup can become the secret addition that will spice up any dessert, whether it is fruit-based or not. In a pan, mix 1 cup of your pits, 2 cups of sugar, and 2 cups of water.
Bring the mixture to a boil. Turn off the stove, let the mixture cool then transfer it into a bowl to chill overnight in the refrigerator.
You can leave the pits in the syrup for up to three weeks.
There's something very authentic about crafts made using fruit pits. You can string different fruit pits to create jewelry pieces, gluing them onto tote bags to beautify them, and even create unique pieces that will add a hobo charm to your home.
To prepare, pour 9 pounds of pits, 1 cup of red wine, 1 cup of sugar, and 1 cup of water in a saucepan and let it simmer. Transfer the concoction to a bowl and place it in the refrigerator to cool overnight.
This produces a rich glaze that you can spread over meats and fishes before grilling.
On a final note, we admonish you to try out one of these exciting ideas. Enjoy yourself while doing so too!