The luscious nectarine is a relative of the peach and may be used interchangeably in recipes. the cheif difference between a peach and a nectarine is the skin. Necatrines are availalbe year round. Domestic nectarines are availalbe from may to October.
Avoid nectarines that have a greenish hue or are rock hard. When ripe, a nectarine is fragrant and yields slightly to the touch. Let stand at room temperature until ripe. hasten the process by putting nectarines in a paper bag. Refrigerate up to 5 days.
Nectarines do not need to be peeled before eating. They are an excellent substitution for strawberries in a shortcake recipe. Necatrines aare good fresh or as a cooking fruit.