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Fresh Things Video: Peaches or nectarines?

Hi I’m Chef Dan from FreshPoint, and stone fruit season this upon us.

Peaches or nectarines?

Nectarine season is under full swing; we’ve got some of the best growers available sending us fruit on a weekly basis. So in the eternal summer battle of stone fruit, peaches vs. nectarines, who comes out ahead? Well, there’s really no loser. Peaches offer you the wonderful succulent taste of summer, while nectarines offer the same thing in a “fuzzless” package.

So which came first–the peach or the nectarine?

Well, scientists believe the peach did, and that the nectarine is actually a natural mutation of the peach. The skin of the nectarine is triggered by a recessive gene known as the G gene.

If two nectarine trees are parents, the offspring trees will always throw nectarines. If a peach is grafted on, some of the fruit may be peaches, some of the fruit may be “fuzzless” like nectarines to enjoy all summer.

So what can you do with nectarines besides eating them of hand or making desserts? Well, I like to grill the nectarine. Dice it, toss it with a little mint, maybe some shallots, even a jalapeno pepper for a great quick summer salsa that goes great with roasted pork and chicken

Click the video link to see what Dan has to say out peaches or nectarines…


Peaches and nectarines are generally available starting at the very end of April. Throughout the summer you will many different varieties, all the way sometimes into September.

Content provided by Daniel Snowden, the Director of Culinary Development for FreshPoint Central Florida. He has been in the produce industry years almost 20 years, and loves getting geeky about food. Follow FreshPoint Central Florida on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

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