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This is how you turn overripe stone fruit into a daiquiri – recipe | Food

stone fruit becomes sweeter and tastier as it ripens. When the meat eventually bruises and becomes too tender to eat, there are several ways to make use of this seasonal delicacy. Remove the pits and spread them on toast with honey, to make an instant raw jam, mix them into your morning smoothie or, if it’s after 5pm, turn them into a refreshing frozen daiquiri. It only takes minutes to prepare and makes you feel like a master cocktail maker.

Stone fruits may seem exotic, but they also grow well in the UK. Imported fruit is usually picked earlier to ensure it is firm enough for transportation, then wrapped in excessive packaging to protect it from bruising. This takes its toll not only on the environment, but also on the taste and texture of the fruit, which is often bland and woolly. Seasonal British varieties can be picked closer to their perfect eating point, giving them a flavorful advantage. The shorter food chain also reduces wastage, which is inevitable when short-lived products are transported over long distances with complex logistics. Buying fruit and vegetables from a farmer’s stall or box arrangement shortens the chain even further and at the same time improves the quality of the product.

Ripe fruit frozen daiquiri

This heavenly daiquiri is a great way to spoil guests at a party. Use a single drupe for a simple taste, or create your own combinations with all the fruit you have available. I especially like an apricot or peach daiquiri. If you’re using non-organic limes, omit the rind to avoid fungicides and pesticides — that includes stone fruit, if possible, as many of them contain a lot of pesticide residue. Store stone fruits in the refrigerator as soon as they are ripe to avoid overflowing, but eat at room temperature for the best flavor.

Serves 4

200 grams of ripe stone fruit (plums, apricots, peaches), pitted
150 ml white rum
4 tbsp agave syrup or honey
plus extra to taste
Zest and juice from 1 limeideally organic
300g iceplus extra to taste

Put everything in a blender and blitz to an even slush. Add more ice to make it thicker, or a splash of water to thin it out, and add more agave or honey to sweeten it, if desired. Serve in a chilled glass with a spoon and enjoy.