Taste: a ripe nectarine's texture is soft with a melting quality, its flavors balanced with layers both bright and sweet.
- The bright orange-red color of nectarines is due to its high beta-carotene content, which is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect the body from damage from free radicals
- Good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber, potassium
- Used as an aid to relieve constipation
When to Look for Nectarines: In the Okanagan Valley, nectarines usually start ripening the first week in July, with the season lasting until August.
Best Uses for Nectarines: Nectarines are great eaten fresh, cut up in salads, or baked in pastries. They also compliment meat dishes well.
How to Store Nectarines: To speed up the ripening process, place nectarines in a paper bag and store loosely at room temperature, out of direct sunlight, for 2-3 days. Once ripe, refrigerate ripe nectarines in a single layer. They are best eaten within a week. They also preserve and freeze well.