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How to Select a Nectarine

Nectarines which are green around the stem or on other areas of the fruit are not yet ripe. Select one that is evenly colored with primarily a deep yellow or orange yellow background coloring with a red tinted blush. Ripe nectarines should give slightly to gentle pressure, if they are rock hard they are not ripe yet and if they are too soft then they have passed their ripe peak. Ripe nectarines are extremely fragrant.

How to Store Nectarines

Fully ripe nectarines should be stored in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to 3-5 days. Do not store nectarines in a plastic bag and do not store them in sunlight.

How to Freeze Nectarines


Wash, half, and pit the nectarines. Dip the halves in an ascorbic acid solution to prevent browning. Place slices in a single layer on a baking sheet and place in the freezer until frozen. Once frozen place nectarine slices in a freezer container and store in the freezer.

How to Ripen Nectarines

Nectarines can soften at room temperature on the counter out of sunlight. To speed up the process place the nectarines in a paper bag with a banana or apple. The sugar content of the fruit will not increase after it has been harvested from the tree.

Nectarine Recipes

Caramelized Nectarines
Grilled Honey-Glazed Nectarines
Nectarine Brown Butter Buckle
Nectarine Cobbler
Nectarine Galette
Nectarine Mango Jam
Nectarine Pie
Poached Nectarines
Red-Wine Nectarines
Stuffed Nectarines

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