Can You Eat Nectarine Skin?
Yes, you can eat the nectarine along with its skin. You can also peel it if you want, other people don’t like the texture and taste of the skin. It’s all up to your preference. Just make sure to wash your nectarine thoroughly, or any fruit for that matter, prior to eating.
Easy Nectarine Peeling Tips
- Place the nectarine in a pot of boiling water and let it sit for a minute
- Remove the nectarine and place it in ice water
- Once cool enough skin should easily slip off
When They’re Best
Nectarine season usually peaks between July and August. But you can find frozen and canned nectarines all year in grocery stores. When picked at the right time, nectarines will continue to ripen at room temperature (3 days or more). There are various ways to tell if a nectarine is ripe but basically, you should pick nectarines with a strong aroma with creamy yellow to golden orange skin and remember redness is not equal to ripeness.
Speeding Up The Nectarine Ripening Process
As earlier stated, nectarines can take up to three days to ripen when stored at room temperature. However, if you are eager to sink your teeth into that juicy fruit and can’t wait that long you can speed up the process using different methods.
- Sunlight – A little bit of exposure to sunlight can speed up the ripening process, but be careful, too much may also lead to mushy spots.
- Paper Bag Method – You can also speed up the ripening process by storing your nectarines in a paper bag. They produce ethylene gas as they mature. A paper bag can trap the gas and at the same time keep moisture out. You can also add a banana or an apple to help speed the process a little bit more since both bananas and apples produce the same gas.
When they are ripe and ready to eat you just can let them sit on a counter, lay them out on their shoulders and avoid stacking them too much.
Only refrigerate your nectarine if you plan to eat them a few days later as refrigerating slows down the ripening process. When refrigerating, keep them in a plastic bag for the best results. However, you can only keep them refrigerated for so long (about five days tops). Keeping them longer may cause your nectarines to lose juiciness.
Did you know that frozen nectarines can last up to a year? Wash, pit, and slice your nectarines as you prefer. Toss them into a bowl of lemon juice to prevent your nectarines from turning brown. Roll them in some white sugar to help them keep their shape after defrosting.
Next freeze them overnight on a baking sheet, this will prevent the slices from sticking together.
Finally, store them in an airtight freezer-friendly container.
Healthy Nectarine Recipes
- Nectarine Pie
- Nectarine Cake
- Nectarine Crumble
- Nectarine Cobbler
- Grilled Nectarine, Avocado, and Arugula Flatbread
- Fruity Nectarine and Blueberry Crisp