Peaches and Nectarines

Peaches and Nectarines

Savour the juicy summer goodness of low calorie, fat-free peaches and nectarines jam-packed with vitamins and minerals.

This is the best time to enjoy peaches and nectarines, classic signs of summer. Closely related, the two sweet and juicy stone fruit have flesh that range from yellow to white (the white is sweeter and less acidic). They contain a good amount of beta-carotene, which supports healthy eyes, prevents macular degeneration, and enables your body to produce vitamin A. Vitamin A deficiency can lead to abnormal bone development. Both are also a source of vitamins C, lutein (an antioxidant that can reduce your risk of chronic diseases such as cancer), potassium and iron.

Little needs to be done to enhance the pleasure of biting into a perfectly ripe and beautifully aromatic peach or nectarine. But they are also fabulous tossed into salads, baked in galettes, pies and cakes, paired with ice cream, pureed and mixed into cocktails or even oven roasted and served with duck or pork.

Look for fresh ripe fruit with deep aroma that yield to gentle pressure. They should not be excessively soft nor should they have obvious bruises or cuts. They can be stored a room temperature until they soften, at which point they should be refrigerated and consumed within several days.

Organic peaches and nectarines are available at SuperNature Forum.