There is something about walking by a fruit stand and the smell of ripe peaches and plums wafting up on a warm afternoon that just makes all of the sweat and exhaustion of summer days worth it. The sweet smell warms your senses and reminds you just what it is about the season that you love.

With all the hot days of recent, this reminder has been quite necessary.

Stone fruits include the likes of summer favorites like peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines, cherries and all of the interesting combinations of those that farmers are coming up with. All of these juicy fruits and their mouthwatering flesh are summertime classics in their own right, but adding them into new recipes is a fun way to make use of them.

Read on for our top ten stone fruit recipes. How are you using the bounty of the summer? Let us know in the comments below!

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