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Pit and slice that succulent stone fruit in 3 easy steps

I think we can all agree that the best way to eat stone fruit is to just hold it in your hand and bite right in. But sometimes you want that fruit in slices — which means you’re going to need to cut that baby out. It seems like a pain, but it’s easier than you think.

All you’ll need is your favorite stone fruit (peaches, nectarines, plums, or apricots) and a paring knife.

Cutting stone fruit
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Take your fruit and cut it from the stem all away around the fruit, following that seam every stone fruit has. Make sure to keep the blade up against the pit. Then twist the fruit until it loosens.

Cut stone fruit
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Take the pit out using the tip of your knife — unless you’re cutting up a plum. In that case, skip ahead to the next step. And if that peach or nectarine pit is super stubborn, skip ahead. No use mauling your fruit at this stage!

Cut pit
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Cut into slices or dices and serve.

Cut fruit
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