Nectarines are navels of the not-so-fuzzy variety. The same gene present in the nectarine that gives it its smooth skin is that which makes the fruit's flesh slightly spicier and sweeter than its not-so-distant relative, the peach. In fact, nectarines and fruits actually grow on the same trees. "Nectarine Trees" don't actually grow on their own; they have to be specially bred by botanists to produce these juicy beauties.
Thanks goodness for their efforts! Now that we're deep into the dog days of summer, nothing could be more refreshing than biting into a cold nectarine on a hot afternoon in the park.
Or, get a bit more creative: throw them on the grill, play up their spiciness with some herbs or hot peppers, or partner them summer's other ripe-and-ready gems: raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, and fruits. Pick some nectarines up at your streetside fruit stand or market, and try these recipes below:
Basil-Rubbed Pork Chops with Nectarine-Blue Cheese
Nectarine and Walnut Galettes
Spinach Salad with Strawberries and Nectarines
Grilled Nectarines with Maple Creme Fraiche
Nectarine-Raspberry Crisp with Spiced-Oatmeal Crumb Topping
Summer Nectarine Scones with Nutmeg Sugar