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Fruit of the Month: Nectarines

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California nectarines are available from late April and to late August. Almost all of the nectarines available are in California. Chiliean nectarines are available from late December through early March.

Make Nectarines Part of Your 5 A Day Plan

  • Bake peeled, halved, pitted fruit, cut-side up in a baking pan sprinkled with honey and cinnamon and cooked until tender.
  • Grilled nectarines are a wonderful tasty treat! Be sure to brush the fruit with fruit juices and cook until it is heated through.
  • Poached nectarines in fruit juice or wine and cook until tender…a simple, elegant way to end a meal.
  • Nectarines make a good substitute in any recipe that calls for peaches or apricots.
  • Puree ripe nectarines with skim milk, non-fat yogurt, or orange juice for a tasty breakfast treat.
  • Serve pancakes, waffles, or French toast with sliced or chopped nectarines.
  • Add cut up nectarines to your favorite fruit salad.

Serve baked nectarines with baked chicken or ham as delicious side dish.


Nectarine and Basil Bagel
Makes 2 servings
Each serving equals one 5 A Day serving
Source: Produce for Better Health


2 nectarines, thinly sliced
2 bagels, split
4 Tbsp fat-free cream cheese
12 large basil leaves
¼ tsp cracked black pepper

Toast bagels and spread with cream cheese (1 tablespoon per bagel half). Top with basil leaves and nectarine slices. Sprinkle with pepper.

Nutritional Analysis: Calories 253, Protein 12g, Fat 2g, Calories From Fat 7%, Cholesterol 2mg, Carbohydrates 47g, Fiber 4g, Sodium 463mg,

Nectarine Whirl
Makes 1 serving
Each serving equals one 5 A Day serving
Source: Produce for Better Health

1 nectarine cut in chunks
½ cup 1% milk
½ cup orange juice
1 Tbsp honey
¼ tsp Almond extract
2 ice cubes, crushed

Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend at high speed for 15 seconds.

Nutritional Analysis: Calories 236, Protein 6g, Fat 1g, Calories From Fat 2%, Cholesterol 2mg, Carbohydrates 53g, Fiber 2g, Sodium 74mg.

Broiled Pork Chops with Warm Nectarines
Makes 4 servings
Each serving equals one 5 A Day serving
Source: California Tree Fruit Agreement

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