Nectarines

nectarines

I am loving nectarine season. This really is the only time of year to enjoy these sweet and juicy yellow-fleshed fruits. As with all fruits and vegetables, nectarines are an excellent source of vitamin C and antioxidants which support the immune system. These fruits also supply lutein in abundance which is an important nutrient for eye health, as well beta-carotene – a precursor for vitamin A – which protects the skin from UV damage.

Nectarines, along with other stoned fruits such as peaches, apricots and plums, are also a low GI fruit. This means they do not cause as great a spike in blood sugar as some of the sweeter fruits like bananas, grapes and watermelon. Managing blood sugar has an impact on energy levels, stress management and weight.

The best way to enjoy a nectarine is to stand over the kitchen sink and devour it whole. If you fancy something a little less dribbly serve it sliced with a dollop of Greek yoghurt, a drizzle of honey and a sprinkling of pistachio nuts. Heaven!

 

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2 Comments

  • Reply July 9, 2014

    Wendy

    I’m loving the nectarines too! I’m halving and de-stoning mine, searing the cut side for a moment on a hot griddle pan so they get those nice stripes then I marinate them in warmed honey, whisky and a vanilla pod before leaving them to chill for at least 4 hours.

    I serve them flesh side up with a dollop of creme fraiche and crumbled Amaretti biscuits soused with the liquor. Probably leave out the whisky if you’re serving them to kids? – or maybe double the dosage accordingly! Enjoy!

    • Reply July 10, 2014

      Lauren

      Haha! That’s certainly a novel and indulgent way of turning a healthy food into something a little naughty! 😉

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