Ways to Enjoy Nectarine Season

Nectarines have a smooth skin, juicy flesh, delicate aroma and sweet-tart flavor. And now is the time to experiment with them in salads, salsas, grain dishes, appetizers, desserts, dips, sauces, and beverages!

Whole Wheat Couscous with Nectarines and Pistachios

Whole Wheat Couscous with Nectarines and Pistachios

Nectarines have a smooth skin, juicy flesh and delicate aroma. I love them sliced and spooned over toast spread with nut butter and a light sprinkling of cinnamon. And they’re amazing in salads, salsas, grain dishes like Whole Wheat Couscous with Nectarines and Pistachios, appetizers, desserts, dips, sauces, and thirst-quenching beverages like Smokey Nectarine Punch.

New to nectarines? Try these varieties — yellow, white and mango. Yellow nectarines have a well-balanced, sweet-tart flavor while white nectarines are sweeter and less acidic. A hybrid of two heirloom nectarines, mango nectarines are juicy and sweet like a mango with a creamy texture and tropical aroma. These recipes are great made with nectarines in place of peaches.  

  • Peaches Poached with Basil is an elegant easy-to-make dessert. You’ll be surprised at how beautifully basil complements the fruit!

  • In this delicious Arugula Salad with Peaches and Blue Cheese,nectarines are wrapped with prosciutto then gently and briefly sautéed.

  • Peach Coconut Freeze is a refreshing, creamy dessert that is both healthful and simple. For something a little different, try it with a pinch or two of cardamom, nutmeg or cinnamon.

  • Chicken with Grilled Peach and Chipotle Salsa may quickly become your favorite go-to summertime recipe. The nectarines are grilled then chopped and added to chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, green onions, cilantro and seasonings, making a flavorful salsa for grilled chicken.

  • Peach Cobbler is always mouth-watering! I have made it often using nectarines; it’s ideal for company or to take along to parties. Hint: This recipe can be made vegan by using coconut oil in place of butter and either almond milk or coconut milk in place of half and half.

  • Take a trip to the past with this fun gelatin-fruit salad, Minty Blueberry Peach Shiver.

  • Gorgeous Grilled Peaches with Dandelion Greens and Ginger Dressing is lovely served with grilled meats, tofu or tempeh, and a variety of vegetables.  

Smoky Nectarine Punch

Smoky Nectarine Punch

Nectarines taste best at room temperature but once ripened should be stored in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. They can be sliced and frozen in a plastic bag, ready to use when needed. Here are more ideas and recipes for nectarines:

  • Make smoothies with your favorite non-dairy beverage or yogurt. Add extras like bananas, berries, nut butter, greens, or protein powder.

  • Make a fruit salad with nectarines, blackberries or raspberries, dried or fresh blueberries, cherries or goji berries and flakes of coconut and dark chocolate.

  • Take along Dried Fruit Chews on your next outdoor adventure. 

  • Top cooked or dried cereal, granola, pancakes or waffles with chopped nectarines and toasted almonds.

  • Mash ripe, juicy nectarines with a dash of cinnamon and a dribble of honey; spread over toast, biscuits or scones.

  • Baste halved nectarines with balsamic vinegar; grill and serve as a side dish to chicken, fish or pork.

  • Layer sliced nectarines with ice cream, frozen yogurt or a non-dairy frozen dessert in glassware. Garnish with chopped, roasted macadamia nuts or a grated chocolate. Fresh Fruit and Cream Parfaits is a vegan recipe made with nectarines, peaches and blueberries.

  • Top green salads with nectarines and a sprinkling of salty cheese like feta, ricotta salata or pecorino. Spinach Salad with Plums and Goat Cheese is fantastic made with nectarines in place of plums.

Do you love nectarines, too? Got a good recipe or a favorite tip? Let me know.

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