Whole and half nectarines

How to select

Choose nectarines that are firm and smooth.

How to prepare

  • Rinse nectarines under running water and pat dry with a clean cloth or paper towel. 
  • Cut the nectarine through the middle until the knife hits the pit. 
  • Move the knife around the whole nectarine to cut two halves. 
  • Twist each half in opposite directions to separate each half from the pit. 
  • You may have to cut some fruit away from the pit. Either peel or leave skin.

How to store

Ripen nectarines in a paper bag. Ripe nectarines can be stored at room temperature for 2-3 days.

Peak season


Ways to use

  • Add chopped nectarines to muffins and other homemade baked goods. 
  • Cut a nectarine into halves and set the pit aside; eat the two halves as a refreshing snack. 
  • Put some tang in your breakfast: Top oatmeal, cereal, toast, or whole grain pancakes with nectarines. 
  • Grill slices on both sides for a caramelized treat.

Fun facts

  • Nectarines belong to the same family as roses. 
  • Nectarines are grown all over the world including China, Spain, Italy, Greece, America, Turkey, Iran, Chile, and Argentina.
  • Nectarines come in yellow, red, and white varieties.

Nutrition info and facts

Nectarines are high in copper, potassium, and vitamins B3 & C. The vitamin C content of nectarines supports immune health. The potassium content of nectarines can help lower blood pressure and therefore may decrease complications with pregnancy. Nectarines aid in iron absorption.

1 medium nectarine = 63 calories, 15 g carbohydrate, 1.5 g protein, 2 g fiber, 11 g sugar, 10% DV vitamin B3 (niacin), 14% DV copper

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