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Nectarines

The nectarine is basically a peach without fuzz. Nectarine seeds can actually grow into trees that bear either nectarines or peaches. It is not possible to tell which fruit will grow from a nectarine seed. Due to this characteristic, nectarine branches are often grafted onto peach trees. It is the only guarantee that the tree will produce nectarines.

One medium nectarine contains approximately 67 calories, and is a sufficient source of vitamins A and C.

Tips for Picking Nectarines

When you purchase nectarines in our market, you pick out the ones that are soft and ready to eat. However, when you pick nectarines from the tree they will still be firm. This way they will not bruise easily. Paying close attention to the color of a nectarine will help you to pick the best ones in the orchard. A common mistake that people make is, judging ripeness by the amount of red coloring. There are many varieties of nectarines, many of which have different red coloring. Instead of looking at the red, look at the background color. If the background color is yellow rather than green, you have a ripe nectarine.

Once ripened, a nectarine is softer than most fruit, so remember to pick a nectarine gently. Using your fingertips rather than the length of your fingers, will increase the chances of bruised fruit. Place the nectarines gently into your baskets. It isn’t wise to use really deep buckets, because too much pressure will be applied to the nectarines on the bottom, causing them to bruise.

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Nectarine Type Harvest Time Pick Your Own Farm Market
Easternglo July 24  
Honey Blaze July 26
Honey Kist July 31
Summer Beaut Aug. 9
Sun Glo Aug 15
Flavortop Aug. 25
Fantasia Sept. 2

 

Nectarine Type Harvest Time Pick Your Own Farm Market
Jade (White)  
Arctic Sweet (White) July 26
Arctic Jay (White) Aug. 17
Arctic Belle (White) Aug. 23
Zephyr Sept. 2