A smooth-skinned variety of peach native to China, similarly flavoured to peaches with slightly more acidity. The flesh is light pink, yellow or white and is delicate and sweet.
Nectarines are high in vitamins A, B, and C, and are lower in calories than peaches.
At their peak from May to September.
Choose the best
Like peaches, nectarines do not ripen after picking so should be bought already ripe. Feel for firm fruit, with slight give. Avoid greenish coloured peaches and skin that appears bruised or broken.
Store at room temperature for a day or two to soften or keep ripe nectarines in a plastic bag in the fridge for a couple of days.
Nectarines are great poached, especially if they are slightly underripe, but are best eaten raw, as cooking can hinder their delicate flavour and texture.
Try peach, plum or apricot.