Nectarine is a fruit with many properties that are great for health.
Called Prunus Persica nucipersica, nectarine belongs to the same family as the peach: the Rosaceae family.
The nectarine tree requires full sun soil and protection from strong winds. This is a hardy tree that can cope with temperatures as low as 5°F (-15°C) or -4°F (-20° C).
Nectarine is peach variety, it can be yellow or white. What makes it different from a peach is its smooth, shiny skin.
This very sweet, tasty fruit is a must-have in summer.
The nectarine is also an excellent fruit for both health and beauty.
When used in cooking, it will delight your taste buds and refresh!
Nectarine, a short story
The nectarine has been known since Greek and Roman times. Like the peach, it is said to be native to China; Alexander the Great brought it to Europe.
The nectarine, a special, smooth variety, was mentioned in French and Old English records in the XVIth century, as a mutation that removed the velvet from the peach’s fruit.
France produces many nectarines today. Specifically, the Languedoc-Roussillon, PACA and Rhone-Alps regions.
Nectarine and its health benefits
Nectarine has high water content, 88%. On top of being refreshing, nectarine is a diuretic. It guarantees that toxins are evacuated from the body.
It also demonstrates laxative properties. Indeed, nectarine contains fiber which speeds and regulates intestinal transit. For internal use, nectarine is recommended in case of constipation.
Nectarine has high amounts of antioxidants. These protect our body from cell ageing and certain cancers.
For example, vitamin C with 5.4 mg / 3.5 oz (100 g) neutralizes free radicals and keeps them from damaging the body. Moreover, it joins in on defending the body and stimulates the immune system.
Betacarotene is the pigment that gives the nectarine its color.
This proto-vitamin A pigment is beneficial to bone and tooth growth and also supports ocular functions.
Nectarine supports weak hearts:
Nectarine is a source of potassium with 210 mg / 3.5 oz (100 g). This mineral plays a key part for the body, specifically in regulating arterial blood pressure. Nectarine thus ensures proper functioning of your cardiovascular system.
Also, nectarine has been shown to reduce accumulation of bad cholesterol in the in the arteries, which accumulates into atheromatous plaques.
Topical use of nectarine leaf poultices soothes burns.
A good source of iron, nectarine combats anemia. Nectarine also provides calcium and magnesium.
Indications: constipation, detoxifier, arterial hypertension, anemia.
Nectarine is not contra-indicated for pregnant women.
Cooking with nectarine
Calorie intake of nectarine:40 to 60 kcal / 3.5 oz (100 g). Search how to cook with and eat nectarine to avail of its health benefits. This calorie-poor food item is part of a balanced diet and weight-loss diet!
Nectarines are simply amazing in desserts. It can be eaten freshly picked both with and without the peel (rinse well beforehand). But it’s also possible to prepare compote or sauce and mixed fruit salad. Nectarine is easily paired with other fruits: apricot, strawberry, blackberry …
For the most sweet-toothed ones out there, nectarine can also be prepared in pie, muffins, cakes and crumbles.
This very refreshing fruit makes for delicious ice cream or smoothies.
It is perfect paired with cottage cheese.
Savory idea: Nectarine-apple lollipops!
And why not sweet-n-sour:
Cut your nectarine in cubes in the frying pan, with a dab of butter, to pair with your rice, meats and fish. Add a few almonds for a little more crunch.
Toss nectarine quarters in your regular mixed salads.
Nectarine beauty tips
Nectarine is a gold mine for our health. It cares for your skin. Indeed, it acts as a skin tonic, ensures proper cellular regeneration and protects skin from UV rays.
A moisturizing face mask for toned, luminous skin: Mash a nectarine and a peach together.Add one or two table spoons of cottage cheese. Apply mixture to clean skin. Let it seep in for a while and rinse with clean water.
Eat nectarines to prepare your skin for tanning! The high levels of beta-carotene contained in nectarine will protect you from the harsh burning of the sun while ensuring you tan nicely.
Smart tip about nectarine
How can you tell nectarine and plum-peach apart? Unlike plum-peach, the seed of a nectarine can easily be pried away from the flesh.
How to choose and keep your nectarines: Nectarines must be chosen at exactly the right moment, because they stop maturing once they’re picked. Best keep them at room temperature for longest keeping. The fruit must give slightly, the skin must be free of blemishes and wounds, and it must release a sweet fragrant smell.