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Yellow nectarines are sweet and fruity with the perfect amount of acid, displaying the best flavor spectrum of not just a stone fruit but of all fruits.
Yellow nectarines are available during summer months.
Fitz Kelly, grower and owner of Fitzgerald's Orchard located in Reedley, California, measures the sugar content of his fruits with a refractometer, an easy to use compact device about the size of a regular banana. In order to measure the sugar content of the fruit, the fruit’s juice is dripped onto a crystal compartment on the device. The juice is trapped between two pieces of crystal, reminiscent to slides used in labs. Holding and looking at the refractometer against bright sunlight, a visible scale indicates the sugar content of the fruit. Fitz Kelly demonstrated how to use the refractometer at the Santa Monica Farmers Market. Measuring the sugar content of a white nectarine compared to a yellow nectarine, the white nectarine measured 12 while the yellow nectarine measured 18. Yellow nectarines actually have a higher sugar content, but white nectarines taste sweeter due to its lack of acid. The highest reading being 30, a fruit with a reading of 14 or above is considered excellent.
Recipes that include Yellow Nectarines. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Heather Christo||Grilled Romaine, Prawn, Avocado and Nectarine Salad with Jalapeno Honey Vinaigrette|