Similar to peaches, nectarines are rich and sweet in taste. The word nectarine means “sweet as nectar” and is great for a fresh summer snack.
There is some misconception that nectarines are a cross between a peach and a plum, but this is not the case. They’re simply a fuzzless peach.
TASTE: sweet, succulent
FLESH: firm, soft
BEST FOR: fresh eating, salads, or cooked in pastries, breads, sauces and meat dishes
Quick Tip for Nectarines:
- Choose nectarines that have a rich yellow background colour. Red “blush” may be present which indicates variety, not maturity.
- To ripen them, place them in a brown paper bag and fold closed. Keep at room temperature – away from direct sunlight – and check them daily.
- Prepare for use by cutting the nectarine lengthwise and gently twisting the two halves apart to expose the pit.
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