N is for nectarine. Nectarines are a nutritious and incredibly versatile fruit and often a very popular choice with little ones, given their juicy sweetness and unusual “brain” like pip in the middle. They are a vibrant uneven colour and work well in smoothies, fruit salads and when cooked as they have a sweet, subtle taste that compliments most other fruits and dishes.
A nectarine is a stone fruit and a close relative of the peach. They can have either red, yellow or white flesh…. making them extra exciting, in most little ones’ opinions. They are great for lunch boxes too.
DID YOU KNOW?
A nectarine gets its name from the word “nectar” the luxurious sweet food that the Gods were thought to eat in folklore.
Nectarines can sometimes even grow on peach trees (that’s how closely that are related!)
- They are best kept in a fruit bowl at room temperature, with ripe fruit being stored in an airtight container in the fridge for a few extra days.
Nectarines are sometimes known as “shaved peaches” because of their smooth skin
- They grow on huge trees that can reach up to 7m in height when mature and have a pretty pinky white blossom.
WHY ARE NECTARINES SO GOOD FOR YOU?
1- Both white and yellow-fleshed nectarines are great sources of vitamin C and dietary fibre and have some vitamin E too. Good for digestion, boosting immunity, cell repair and function.
2- Nectarines are a good source of potassium, which helps substantially with providing balance to the sodium that comes into our diet from salted foods.
3- They contain elements like iron and phosphorous with are brilliant for overall health and wellbeing.
4- Interestingly, vitamins A and C are present in almost double the amounts as compared to peaches.
N is for nectarine. Below we have a fun craft idea for “Nectarine Snowmen” as well as a delicious, simple and allergy friendly recipe for Griddled Nectarines… These are fun ways to celebrate nectarines, to talk about their texture, their taste and why they’re so good for us and important in our diets!