Nectarines are a luscious nutrient-dense and low calorie fruit which brings a variety of healthy components to our diet. It offers an impressive array of powerful antioxidants and phenolic compounds along with dietary fiber.
Look for plump, rich-colored fruit with slight softening along the seam side. Color can be reddish to yellowish, depending on the variety. Slightly firm fruit ripens well at room temperature. Avoid hard, soft or shriveled fruit, or any with a portion of green skin.
Grilled nectarines are a wonderful tasty treat! Be sure to brush the fruit with fruit juices and cook until it is heated through.
Bake peeled, halved, pitted fruit, cut-side up in a baking pan sprinkled with honey and cinnamon and cooked until tender.
Poached nectarines in fruit juice or wine and cook until tender…a simple, elegant way to end a meal.
Nectarines make a good substitute in any recipe that calls for peaches or apricots.
If you buy hard fruit, put in a paper bag with a banana or apple to ripen. Store them on a counter top away from direct sunlight.
To make peeling a nectarine easier, immerse it in boiling water for a minute and then cool it under cold water.
Use peeled nectarines quickly or sprinkle them with lemon or lime juice or vinegar to avoid flesh discoloration.