Nectarines are a variety of peach with a firmer flesh, skin without the downy quality of peaches and a distinct flavour. Darwin noted how peach trees occasionally spontaneously produced nectarines and vice versa. Many types of nectarines are grown in Australia but commercially the only distinction is between yellow and white.
Selection, Storage and and Availability
Choose unbruised nectarines with a nice blush and shiny skin. Store in the refrigerator until ripe and ready to eat. Available November-April.
Eat fresh, poach, bake, top with butter and brown sugar and grill until bubbling. Use in crumble or tarts or to make jam or chutney.
Peaches are high in fibre and vitamin C and low in fat.