The Best of Summer Fruit
Nothing beats the great taste of summer fruit. Here are some things to look for when you buy them and ideas for how to store and use them.
Here are some things to keep in mind when buying peaches:
- Look for peaches that are not green; green peaches were picked before they had a chance to ripen. Depending on the variety, they should look white, yellow or have a red blush
- Peaches should have some “give” when lightly pressed. Hard peaches won’t ripen much when you get them home
- Smell before you buy – peaches should smell sweet and like a peach. If they don’t have much of an aroma, they won’t have much flavor
- Need peaches for a recipe? Here are some handy measures: 2 medium peaches per cup of slices; 4 medium peaches per cup of purée and 3 medium peaches per pound
Here are some tips for getting the most out of your nectarines
- Look for nectarines that have few blemishes on the skin and have yellow patches on them
- Avoid very hard or dull nectarines. They should be barely soft when pressed. They can be left out for 2 to 3 days to get softer, then refrigerated to extend their life
- For a quick summer treat, serve nectarine slices with vanilla ice cream and raspberry sauce. It’s easy and delicious
Apricots are available in the U.S. from May through August.
- Look for fruit that has a deep orange color and is soft but not mushy when pressed
- Apricots are an excellent source of vitamin A and a good source of vitamin C
- Apricots are excellent in salads, smoothies or sliced on cereal