Nectarines are quite peachy

February 21, 2013

nectarines
This is the last of our stone fruit which means summer’s over.
There’s only one nectarine tree on The Menagerie and this year has been its first harvest. These nectarines (pictured) are probably the last we’ll see until November or December. While gobbling them, we found a few little tidbits about the nectarine and its cousin, peach. (On a very unlikely website).

University of Rhode Island Landscape and Horticulture Program says, the only difference between peaches and nectarines is the lack of fuzz on the nectarine skin. However, the site then goes on to list other differences! namely: nectarines tend to be smaller and more aromatic than peaches and have more red color on the fruit surface. Fresh peaches provide respectable amounts of the antioxidant Vitamins A and C in addition to potassium and fiber. Nectarines provide twice the vitamin A, slightly more Vitamin C, and much more potassium than peaches.

Are you a freestone or a clingstone? Or perhaps a Flintstone!
According to URI, there are hundreds of different peach cultivars (varieties), which can be divided into two categories – the freestones and the clingstones. In freestone types, the flesh separates readily from the pit. In the clingstone type, the flesh clings tightly to the pit. The flesh may be either yellow or white. Freestone types are usually preferred for eating fresh or for freezing, while clingstone types are used primarily for canning. Nectarines may be either yellow or white-fleshed.

Source: University of Rhode Island http://www.uri.edu

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