NECTARINES

NECTARINES

BENEFITS

  • A fairly rich sources of beta carotene and potassium.
  • Provide moderate amounts of vitamin C,
  • High in pectin, a soluble fiber

DRAWBACKS

  • ??????The flesh darknes when exposed to air.
  • The pits contain cyanide.

Sweeter and more nutritious than peaches, their genetic cousin, nectarines wee named after the Greek god Nekter; their juice was later called the drink of the gods. This juicy fruit, which is often decribed as being like a peach without the fuzz, is easpecially high in beta carotene, an antioxidant that the body converts to vitamin A. One medium-size  mectarine has 65 calories and provides more than 800 IU of vitamin A. 250 mg of potassium, and some vitamin E, with only 7 mg of vitamin C, a nectarine in not nearly as high in this nutrient as many other fruits.

SELECTING THE BEST : Purchse fruit that is moderately firm but brightly colored. The fruit is ready to eat when the flesh yields to gentle pressure and has a sweet, fruity fragrance. To ripen firm nectarines, place them in a paper bag at room temperature; they should achieve full ripeness in 2 or 3 days. Reject nectarines that are hard or have a greenish skin. These were harvested too early; even though they will soften, they will never achieve peak sweetness and flavor.

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