Do Nectarines Have Vitamin C?
Quick – what’s the first fruit that comes to mind when we say, “Vitamin C?”
Did you say oranges? That’s hardly surprising – after all, the word “citrus” starts with C, and all citrus fruits are excellent sources of vitamin C. But they’re not the only ones…nectarines (like fresh Nectarines from Pittman & Davis) also are great sources of vitamin C – and many other nutrients, too!
What are nectarines?
Nectarines are a summer stone fruit that’s similar to peaches – very similar, in fact; genetically, they’re almost identically. The main difference between the two fruits is that peaches have a fuzzy coating, while nectarines are completely smooth. This is due to a natural mutation that led to the development of the nectarine. In all other ways, peaches and nectarines are identical.
Their similarities mean that peaches and nectarines can be used interchangeably in recipes that call for one or the other of the fruits. The only thing to keep in mind is that a peach’s fuzzy skin can toughen when it’s cooked. Because of this, most peach recipes (particularly for jams and baked goods) call for the peaches to be peeled before cooking. You don’t have to take that extra step with nectarines thanks to their smooth, thin skins.
Nectarine Health Benefits
In addition to vitamin C, nectarines are rich in beta-carotene (this is what gives the fruit its signature red-and-yellow coloring), which the body converts to vitamin A. Our bodies need vitamin A to support the immune system and eye and skin health.
Nectarines are also loaded with antioxidants. One of these – gallic acid – is believed to be beneficial in fighting cancer, diabetes and obesity. Nectarines also contain folate (necessary for forming healthy red blood cells) and trace amounts of phosphorus, vitamin K and calcium, all of which support bone health.
How to Tell if a Nectarine is Ripe
A ripe nectarine should have no green on it, feel firm to the touch, but give slightly when gently squeezed. Unlike citrus fruits, nectarines will continue to ripen after they’ve been picked when stored at room temperature – but if you order Nectarines online from Pittman & Davis, you won’t have to worry about it because ours are always picked at the very peak of ripeness, when they’re extra-juicy, extra-sweet, and wonderfully fragrant. They are then rushed to you so you can enjoy them at their very best!
How to Store Nectarines
As stated above, nectarines will continue to ripen when stored at room temperature, so if you buy nectarines from Pittman & Davis, don’t store them on the counter – keep them in the fridge until you’re ready to enjoy them. And make sure you do – unlike citrus fruits, which stay fresh and perfect for weeks when stored in the refrigerator, nectarines and peaches should be eaten, cooked or preserved as soon as possible after they turn ripe. Considering how tasty they are, we doubt you’ll find that a problem!