1. Nectarines are sometimes called “shaved peaches” because their skin is smooth.
2. Contrary to popular belief, nectarines are NOT a cross between plums and peaches, they are in fact a type of peach. Every once in a while, a peach tree mutates – the gene responsible for the fuzz is turned off, and out comes a smooth skinned nectarine.
3. Nutritionally, as all fruit, nectarines are a powerhouse. A medium nectarine is approximately 4-5 ounces in weight and will cost you only 60 calories. In return you get a lusciously sweet snack with 2.5 tsp worth of sugar, evened out by 1.5 grams of fiber. Nectarines are a good source of vitamin C and also have good vitamin A and potassium values. They are also abundant in antioxidants.
4. Nectarines are in season NOW! So go get ‘em. Please note that like peaches, nectarines are very delicate and attractive to pests, so they do get dosed with a hefty amount of pesticide. If you can buy organic – great. If not, make sure to wash the fruit as best you can before eating.
5. Nectarine color can range from pale white to vibrant orange. There is not necessarily a between coloration and flavor. Some people prefer the taste of the brightly colored fruit, while others prefer the pale version.
Bonus Recipe: When nectarines go soft, don’t throw them out. It’s the perfect time to make a sorbet! Pit the fruit and slice coarsely. Toss into a blender with a few drops of lemon juice and optionally a teaspoon of honey. Blend until no large pieces remain. Pour into individual serving cups and freeze. Yum!!
What do you like to do with nectarines?