Do You Prefer Peaches or Nectarines?
In Ontario, peaches are in season July through September, and nectarines are in season during August and September.
Peaches and nectarines are close relatives, and are very similar in flavour and nutrients – but many people are turned-off by peaches fuzzy skin. Therefore, they may prefer nectarines.
And farmers are paying attention – in Ontario, farmers are growing more and more nectarines. See the link below to read more about nectarines in Ontario.
Whether you choose peaches or nectarines, they are both a delicious and nutritious choice. They are both low in calories and provide fibre, potassium and vitamin C.
When buying peaches and nectarines, choose those that are firm (but not rock hard), with a smooth skin and a sweet smell.
Both peaches and nectarines continue to ripen after being picked. Store them at room temperature until they fully ripen, then keep them in the fridge for about five days.
Use the following tips to enjoy more peaches or nectarines.
Eat them fresh – whole and unpeeled.
Add sliced peaches or nectarines to salads, cereals, yogurt, ice cream or smoothies.
Make a pie, crisp or cobbler.
Slice and freeze them for later use.
Make your own peach or nectarine jam.
For a quick and simple healthy dessert try this recipe with either peaches or nectarines.
Caramelized Nectarines (recipe adapted from http://allrecipes.com/recipe/247294/caramelized-nectarine)
Prep Time: 5 m/ Cook Time: 2 m
Makes 2 servings
1 tablespoon white sugar
2 tablespoons plain, vanilla or Greek yogurt
Dusting of cinnamon (optional)
Cut nectarine all the way around and twist open. Remove pit. Sprinkle sugar on the cut side of each nectarine half.
Place nectarine, cut-side down, onto a griddle or in a skillet over medium heat; cook for 1 1/2 minutes. Transfer nectarines to a plate, cut-side up, and top each with yogurt. Dust with cinnamon (optional).