IN SEASON: NECTARINES A juicy fruit that is great sweet or savoury
FROM CAKES AND TARTS TO JAMS AND JELLIES, NECTARINES ADD A FRUITY, JUICY BURST TO MANY RECIPES
NEED TO KNOW
● Nectarines are a smoothskinned peach, resulting from a mutation whereby the gene responsible for fuzz is recessive. While nectarines are grown as a variety in their own right, a regular peach tree may produce a smoothskinned nectarine from time to time – and visa versa.
● ‘Nectarine’ means sweet as nectar, or nectar of the gods, and is believed to have originated in China.
● Since nectarines belong to the same species as peaches, they can have white or yellow flesh. Ripe nectarines vary in colour from greenish yellow to mostly reddish with a hint of yellow. A redder skin doesn’t signify riper fruit.
● When ripe, the fruit are fragrant and give slightly to the touch. If a little under-ripe, leave at room temperature for two to three days. They can be stored in the fridge for three to five days.
● Nectarines are a good source of vitamins C and A and potassium. They are also abundant in antioxidants and fibre.