The word ‘nectarine’ means sweet as nectar and this is reflected through the fruit’s sweet, succulent flavour and firm texture. A brighter, smaller and fuzzless variety of a peach, a nectarine’s flesh can be coloured white, yellow, orange or red, and the pulp also exhibits these colourations.
Like plums, nectarines are packed with numerous health promoting antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. They aid bodily systems in reducing the risk of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. 100g of nectarines offer the following percentages of your Daily Value:
- Vitamin A – 2% of DV
- Potassium – 4% of DV
- Vitamin C – 6% of DV
- Iron – 2% of DV
- Chose medium to large, firm nectarines with smooth skin.
- Avoid nectarines with wrinkled or green skin.
- Nectarines ripen in cool, dark places.
- Store unripe nectarines in a paper bag for up to two days.
- When ripe, store nectarines in a refrigerator up to five days.