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Nectarines Know Your Fruits and Veggies


Nectarines are the smooth-skinned cousin in the peach family. That smooth skin is a result of a genetic mutation of peaches.
Trees sporting nectarines and peaches look identical. The fruit is the only difference. According to growers, cross pollination can produce these smooth-skinned fruits on peach trees. Two kinds on one tree!
There are two kinds of nectarines classified by their stones; clingstones which the flesh clings to the stone and freestone which separates easily.
These popular fruits come in red, yellow and white varieties. I personally think the white variety is sweeter with a firmer flesh.
Nectarines are high in Vitamin C, Vitamin A and potassium.
Enjoy nectarines raw or baked into any dessert where you would use peaches.

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As a professional cook, I love creating exciting new recipes on the job as well as at home. Assisting in teaching low-income families how to buy, store and prepare healthy food through Penn State’s alliance with Pennsylvania’s Supercupboard Program was very rewarding. During my 11 years with the Master Gardener program, I taught horticultural therapy to assisted living patients using healthful, fr
esh grown food as a focal point. . My hands-on programs and instruction helped hundreds of children and adults learn about where their food comes from and how important fresh food is for your body.
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