Stone fruit: Fresh, healthy and delicious

Peaches, plums and apricots are a beautiful sight to behold at any local grocer or farmer’s market.

(Photo by Sutton Porter/courtesy of Laurie Edwards-Tate)

SAN DIEGO, March 27, 2017 — Peaches, plums and apricots are a beautiful sight to behold at any local grocer or farmer’s market.

The inspirational advent of spring brings a variety of glorious bounties from Mother Nature.

In addition to the springtime presence of an eclectic array of experiences, including frogs croaking, melodious birdsongs and colorful budding flowers, the season also provides a healthful selection of seasonal fruits.

Apricots are a golden yellow hue and are brimming with vitamin A. Additionally they contain potassium, protein and fiber.

Peaches are softly fuzzy and sweet, attracting eager buyers with their peachy hue. They contain vitamin A, potassium, protein and fiber.

(photo by Sutton Porter/courtesy of Laurie Edwards-Tate)

Plums are a rich purplish color and contain vitamin A, potassium and small amounts of fiber.

What’s more, peaches, plums and apricots are all low in calories and contain fiber and sodium. They are also cholesterol-free.

There is much to appreciate and enjoy when a springtime recipe includes all of these spectacular fruits as main ingredients, ensuring a rich, delicious dessert that is also healthy.

The following springtime Peach, Plum and Apricot Crisp, discovered in, is a treasure to consume and delightful to behold on any supper table.

Peach, Plum and Apricot Crisp

Main Ingredients:

  • 4 1/2 cups sliced peaches
  • 2 cups sliced plums
  • 2 cups sliced apricots
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar (or sugar substitute for a diabetic diet)
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour (gluten-free flour may be substituted)
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated whole nutmeg
  • Cooking spray


  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl; let stand 15 minutes.
    Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Spoon fruit mixture into a 13 X 9-inch glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 35 minutes or until bubbly.
  • While the crisp is baking, prepare the topping:
  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (gluten-free may be substituted)
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar (or sugar substitute for a diabetic diet)
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour (gluten-free may be substituted)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup melted butter (low-fat may be used)

Directions for topping:

Combine oats and remaining ingredients (through salt) in a bowl.

Sprinkle oat mixture over the fruit bake.

Bake the entire crisp an additional 15 minutes, or until topping is lightly browned and fruit is bubbly.

Serve this delightful crisp while it’s warm. Adorn each serving with 1/3 cup low-fat vanilla ice cream.

Yields 12 half-cup servings

Calories: 299

Fat: 6 g

Saturated fat: 3.2

Cholesterol: 13 mg

Other health properties: Fiber, iron, sodium and calcium.

Enjoy the natural bounty of springtime fruits, which are readily available to consume and enjoy!

It is simply divine that such edible gifts from nature could be so enjoyable and delicious, while also providing so many positive health benefits.

What wond’rous life is this I lead!
Ripe apples drop about my head;
The luscious clusters of the vine
The nectarine and curious peach,
Into my hands themselves do reach;
Stumbling on melons, as I pass,
Insnar’d with flow’rs, I fall on grass.

Andrew Marvell (1621-1678)

Until next time, enjoy the ride in good health!

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Laurie Edwards-Tate
Laurie Edwards-Tate, MS, President and Founder of At Your Home Familycare in San Diego, California, was among the first to recognize the growing need for services allowing individuals to remain independent created by the aging of America including the Baby Boomer generation, now being called the “Silver Tsunami.” It is the Baby Boomers who are rapidly redefining what aging and growing older means and looks like in America today. Now celebrating its 28th year in business, AYHF is among San Diego County’s Top Women-Owned Businesses and Fastest Growing Businesses, and enjoys a reputation for upholding the highest possible standards among its employees and its emphasis on customer service. Edwards-Tate is a valued contributor to the public dialogue on current issues and challenges in the home care industry, and serves in leadership roles on the Home Care Aide Association of America Advisory Board and Private Duty Home Care Association Advisory Board, as well as the Home Care Aide Steering Committee of the California Association for Health Services at Home. Edwards-Tate is frequently interviewed in the media on healthy aging, caregiving, and health care topics. Follow Laurie and AYHF at; on Facebook at, and Twitter at @AYHFamilycare