Summer is the time to eat your weight in nectarines. What better than sitting in the shade on a hot day and biting into a juicy nectarine. Sounds like bliss!
Australian nectarines are available between October and April so make the most of this time and cook and enjoy nectarines as much as you can.
Nectarine are, botanically speaking, a variety of peach with smooth yellow, orange or red skin and either white or yellow juicy flesh. Although nectarines don’t hold a fuzzy exterior like a peach. Nectarines have a slightly lighter flavour than a peach, but both peaches and nectarines are very similar. Nectarines can be eaten firm and crunchy or allowed to ripen to become soft, juicy and lower in acid.
Storage and handling
Correct storing and handling is important for maintaining good quality of a nectarine and all the other summer stone fruits. The ideal storage temperature is 0° to 2° celsius. Your nectarines will ripen most effectively between 8° and 25° Celsius.
In the nectarine and peach family there are more than 4,000 varieties, but nectarines can be placed into 3 different categories:
White or yellow flesh varieties: both yellow and white flesh varieties have dark red skin that is smooth. Although these two are distinguished by the colour of their flesh and the balanced of sweetness and acidity. White nectaries contain more sugar and less acid, creating a pleasant sweet flavour. Yellow nectarines are slightly tangier with more acid and less sugar.
Clingstones: are a variety of nectarine in which the flesh is attached to the pit at the centre of the fruit. These types are generally messier and harder to eat.
Freestones or semi-freestones: again like clingstones the name freestone and semi-freestone are the indicators of the flesh around the pit. Just like their names suggest a freestone is preferred over a semi-freestone because the semi-freestone still as some flesh attached to the pit.
Cooking with nectarines
Nectarines are the perfect addition to add to your cheese platter, sliced on top of salad and they also work beautifully in desserts. Nectarines are at their seasonal peak, so try any of these stunning recipes below. How about a delicious grilled yellow nectarine salad or a beautiful layered stone fruit tart. Your family and friends will be begging for more.
Nectarine recipes to try
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