Scarlet Nectarines like most stone fruit, are available in the late
spring and summer. Available at about the same time as our Oregon
Peaches, we generally have Scarlet Nectarines from July to September.
All nectarines spent their previous lives as peaches. However, their
actual development is a little hazy. The first documentation of the
nectarine was written in English in 1616, and while peaches originated
in Asia, it is unclear as to whether the nectarine did as well. A
naturally occurring mutation from a peach, it’s not hard to imagine why
they have many similarities. They come in two main categories,
yellow-fleshed and white fleshed. The picture perfect Scarlet
Nectarines at The Fruit Company have the bright yellow-orange flesh
that is a perfect blend of sweet and tart. They are vibrantly red
skinned, with a yellow-gold undertone, and best of all, they come
fuzz-free. This is another one of those fruits that is overly juicy, so
be sure to have a few napkins handy. They can serve many of the same
purposes as peaches, being excellent in baked goods, in jams and
jellies, canned, or in salads, though by far most commonly enjoyed
fresh out of hand.
TASTE & RIPENESS:
Nectarines ripen best if left on the
counter on a breathable cloth like a tea towel. They’ll become more
fragrant and soften a little as they reach their perfect level or
ripeness. They’ll be deliciously sweet and juicy.