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Pip vs. Stone: Know the Difference

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By Dua Fatima & Hifza Nasir || Updated on March 4, 2024
Pips are small seeds found in some fruits like apples, whereas stones, or pits, are large, hard seeds central to fruits like peaches.
Pip vs. Stone

Key Differences

Pips are the small, hard seeds inside fruits such as apples, oranges, and grapes, often numerous and easily edible in some cases. Stones, also known as pits, are found in stone fruits like peaches, cherries, and plums, characterized by their large, singular, and hard nature, making them inedible.
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While pips are typically surrounded by the fruit's flesh and can be numerous in one fruit, stones are encased within a hard endocarp, centrally located, and usually singular. This structural difference highlights the diverse evolutionary adaptations of fruit seeds.
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The term "pip" is often used in reference to fruits that are not part of the stone fruit category, indicating a broader variety of fruits. In contrast, "stone" specifically refers to the large seed of drupes, fruits with a single large pit enclosed by flesh.
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Culinary uses of fruits with pips and stones differ significantly. Fruits with pips are often consumed whole or juiced, as the pips are small and not a hindrance to consumption. Stone fruits are typically prepared by removing the pit before consumption or processing, due to its size and hardness.
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In gardening and cultivation, pips can be used to grow new plants, although the resulting fruit may not be true to the parent plant due to cross-pollination. Stones can also be planted, but they require more specific conditions to germinate, such as stratification, reflecting their natural adaptation to survive through winter before sprouting.
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Comparison Chart

Size

Small
Large
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Texture

Hard, can be chewed in some fruits
Very hard, inedible
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Quantity per Fruit

Can be numerous
Usually singular
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Location in Fruit

Embedded within the flesh
Enclosed in a hard endocarp
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Fruit Types

Apples, oranges, grapes
Peaches, cherries, plums
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Edibility

Edible in some fruits
Inedible
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Culinary Preparation

Often consumed whole or juiced
Pit removed before consumption
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Use in Cultivation

Can grow new plants, may not be true to parent
Can be planted, requires specific conditions like stratification
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Evolutionary Adaptation

Broad variety, not specific to one fruit category
Specific to drupes, adapted for survival through winter
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Associated Fruits

Broad variety, excluding stone fruits
Stone fruits (drupes) only
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Pip and Stone Definitions

Pip

A small seed found in fruits like apples and oranges.
She accidentally swallowed a pip while eating her apple.
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Stone

A large, hard seed in stone fruits like peaches.
He carefully removed the stone from the peach before slicing it.
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Pip

Often numerous within one fruit.
The grape had several tiny pips inside.
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Stone

Enclosed within a hard layer, making it inedible.
The cherry's stone is hard and should not be eaten.
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Pip

Can sometimes be eaten or juiced.
The pips in lemons are small but can add bitterness to the juice.
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Stone

Requires specific conditions for germination.
The apricot stone needs cold weather to stratify before planting.
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Pip

Used in cultivation with variable outcomes.
Planting apple pips might not yield the expected fruit variety.
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Stone

Typically singular in the fruit's center.
Each plum contains a single large stone.
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Pip

Found in a broad variety of fruits.
Many fruits, including berries and citrus, contain pips.
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Stone

Associated specifically with drupe fruits.
Stone fruits like apricots are prized for their sweet flesh around the pit.
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Pip

The small seed of a fruit, as that of an apple or orange.
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Stone

Such concreted matter of a particular type. Often used in combination
Sandstone.
Soapstone.
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Stone

A piece of rock that is used in construction
A coping stone.
A paving stone.
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Stone

Made of stoneware or earthenware.
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Stone

A small piece of stone, a pebble.
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Stone

Concreted earthy or mineral matter; rock.
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Stone

A small piece of rock.
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Stone

Something, such as a hailstone, resembling a stone in shape or hardness.
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Stone

A stand or table with a smooth, flat top of stone, commonly marble, on which to arrange the pages of a book, newspaper, etc. before printing.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

Are stones in fruits dangerous to consume?

While not typically dangerous, they are inedible and can pose a choking hazard or damage teeth if attempted to be eaten.
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Can I plant pips and stones to grow my own fruit trees?

Yes, both can be planted, but they may require different conditions to germinate, and the resulting fruit may not always match the parent plant.
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What's the main difference between a pip and a stone?

The main difference is size and structure: pips are small and can be numerous in one fruit, while stones are large, hard, and typically singular.
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What types of fruits have pips?

Fruits like apples, grapes, and oranges have pips.
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How do you remove a stone from a fruit?

Cut the fruit open and twist or use a knife to dislodge the stone from the flesh.
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Do pips or stones contain any toxins?

Some pips, like those in apples, contain small amounts of cyanogenic compounds, which can be toxic in large quantities, but generally not in the amounts consumed in fruit.
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What's the best method to extract pips from fruits for culinary purposes?

It depends on the fruit; some require straining, while others may be eaten around the pips.
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How should I store fruits with pips or stones?

Storage methods vary by fruit type but generally, keep them in a cool, dry place or refrigerate to extend freshness.
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Can you eat the pips or stones of fruits?

Pips in some fruits are edible, though they may be bitter; stones are inedible due to their hardness.
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Is there a nutritional difference between fruits with pips and those with stones?

The nutritional content depends more on the specific fruit than the presence of pips or stones, although the edible parts of both types of fruits offer various nutrients.
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Can all pips and stones germinate into new plants?

While many can, successful germination often requires specific conditions, and not all will grow true to the parent plant due to cross-pollination.
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Why do some fruits have pips while others have stones?

This difference is due to evolutionary adaptations, with each type serving specific reproductive and survival strategies for the plant.
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What types of fruits have stones?

Stone fruits, or drupes, such as peaches, cherries, and plums, have stones.
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How does the presence of pips or stones affect culinary use?

Fruits with pips can often be consumed whole or juiced, while those with stones require the pit to be removed before eating or processing.
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Why are some fruits bred to be seedless or to have smaller stones?

For consumer convenience and to enhance the eating experience by reducing waste and making the fruits easier to consume.
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