Nectarines are smooth-skinned and golden yellow with large blushes of red. Their yellow flesh has a noticeable pinkish tinge, with a distinct aroma and pronounced flavor. Enjoy your nectarines either hard and crunchy or soft and juicy.
Nectarines are a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin C and A, niacin, and potassium. There are more than 100 varieties of nectarines around the world! California grows over 95% of the nectarines produced in the United States. You'll find quite a few varieties at the farmers' market that you can't find anywhere else, including both white and yellow-fleshed.
Red/orange with deep orange flesh
Choose nectarines that are firm but whose flesh yields gently to pressure. Fruit should be unblemished and free of bruises with a warm, fragrant aroma. Avoid those with a green tinge because they are not fully ripened.
Under-ripe nectarines can be ripened somewhat by placing them in a paper bag punched with holes at room temperature in a spot away from sunlight. Once ripe, keep fruit in the crisper drawer of your refrigerator, where it should keep for up to a week!