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Nectarous Nectarines

Nectarous Nectarines

Smooth Skinned Nectarines

Commonly showcased side by side with peaches, nectarines are a similar, but yet different fruit. The best way to identify the difference between a nectarine and peach is by the lack of fuzz on the nectarine.

Nectarines are smaller and smooth skinned golden yellow with large blushes of red.

Types of Nectarines

There are more than 100 varieties of nectarine, in freestone and clingstone varieties. In freestone types the flesh separates from the 'pit' easily, while clingstone types cling to the 'pit.' Nectarines are more delicate than peaches and bruise very easily.

Nourishing Nectarines

Nectarines are a good source of vitamin C and low in calories with no sodium, no fat or cholesterol. Nectarines provide twice the vitamin A, more vitamin C and much more potassium than peaches.

Nectarines can be used and prepared in the same ways as peaches, with no need to peel because they have no fuzz. Leave the skins on when making pies, cobblers and fresh fruit salads.

Purchasing Nectarines

Look for nectarines that are fragrant and yield slightly to gentle pressure with your fingers. Avoid fruit that is green or hard. Ripen nectarines on your kitchen counter or in a paper bag overnight. The fruit can be refrigerated for up to five days. Nectarines can be eaten fresh as is, with sugar and cream or used as a substitute in any recipe that calls for peaches including ice cream, pies, jam, shortcakes and mixed fruit.

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