How to select the sweetest nectarines:
An insiders tip on how to select the sweetest nectarines: Look for the “sugar spots.” This is an indication the fruit is so loaded with sugar it’s essentially crystallizing on the skin.
Yellow flesh peaches and nectarines are traditional summertime favorites. Sugar and acid in the fruit are responsible for the harmonious flavor balance of sweet and tangy. Many of our new varieties of yellow nectarines have lower acid levels, similar to white flesh varieties. This gives them an even sweeter flavor while still retaining a bit of the acid for that traditional flavor.
Yellow peaches and nectarines are available from late April through October. See Availability Chart.
Yellow peaches and nectarines are low fat; saturated fat free; sodium free; cholesterol free; good source of vitamin C.
Selection and Storage
The amount of red color on the skin is not an indication of ripeness and can vary greatly from variety to variety. Look for a yellow/orange background color with no green. An insiders tip on how to select the sweetest nectarines: Look for the “sugar spots.” This is an indication the fruit is so loaded with sugar it’s essentially crystallizing on the skin. Storage at home depends on how you prefer to eat them and how ripe they were when you bought them. The temperature of home refrigerators can actually damage the eating quality of firm peaches and nectarines, turning them dry and mushy. If you prefer them crisp, refrigerate. The fruit will remain at that stage and can be refrigerated for around a week. Soft, ripe fruit can be refrigerated without damaging the eating quality.