Nectarines: Oh, So Delectable!
Welch’s® Fresh nectarines are sweet, delicious, and closely related to peaches. This novel fruit is appreciated worldwide for its juicy, fragrant aroma and unique taste. It is believed that nectarines originated in China and spread to Central Asia, Persia, and then Europe via ancient silk routes. Enjoy in a delicious tart or cheesecake, or add to your favorite fruit salad.
Did You Know?
Welch’s® Fresh nectarines are grown in the United States and Chile.
A Welch’s® Fresh nectarine contains approximately 44 calories. They are packed with health-promoting anitoxidants; niacin, vitamins A, C, and K; as well as copper, phosphorus, and iron.
Peaches Make it a Peach of a Day!
Enjoy the juicy deliciousness that is Welch’s® Fresh peaches. These year round fruits are a wonderful addition to fresh fruit cocktails; baked in baklava, tarts, and pies; or enjoyed as a fresh, sweet snack. Depending on whether the seed is free or firmly attached, they are classified into free-stone or clinging seed varieties.
Did You Know?
Welch’s® Fresh peaches are grown in the United States and Chile.
A Welch’s® Fresh peach contains approximately 39 calories. They are rich in vital minerals such as potassium, copper, fluoride, and iron, as well as health-promoting antioxidants.
Plums: Juicy Sweet, Fun to Eat!
Welch’s® Fresh plums are wonderfully delicious and juicy—a great addition to salads, used in pies, desserts, jams and jellies; or eaten by themselves. Plums belong to the Prunus genus of plants and are relatives of the peach, nectarine, and almond. They are all considered “drupes,” fruits that have a hard stone pit surrounding their seeds.
Did You Know?
Welch’s® Fresh plums are grown in the United States and Chile.
You can enjoy them year round.
A Welch’s® Fresh plum contains approximately 46 calories. They are fun to eat and a good source of antioxidents, vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin K, copper, potassium, and dietary fiber.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the secret to picking perfect nectarines?
Look for well-ripened, soft fruit with a smooth surface. Avoid hard, immature nectarines, as they are harvested prematurely and may be off-flavored. Also avoid those with signs of surface blemishes, shriveled skin, cracks, and punctures.
How should I store my nectarines?
Slightly hard but mature nectarines can be kept at room temperature until they ripen. Ripe nectarines perish early and should be placed inside the refrigerator. Bring to room temperature to enjoy their rich, natural flavor.
If my fruit is slightly hard, can I speed up the ripening process?
Yes. You can place them in a bag to increase their exposure to oxygen and trap the ethylene (a harmless, odorless, tasteless gas) they naturally produce, speeding up their ripening process.
How do I pick the perfect peach?
Look for fresh fruits featuring rich color and that may still have a slight whitish bloom on their surface. The bloom indicates freshness and that the fruit has not been over-handled. Avoid those with excessive softness, or with surface cuts and bruises. Ripe fruits yield to gentle pressure and feature a sweet aroma.
How should I store my peaches?
Slightly hard but mature fruits can be kept at room temperature until they ripen. Ripening can be enhanced by storing inside a paper bag, concentrating ethylene (a harmless, odorless and tasteless gas). Ripe fruits can be kept inside the refrigerator. Bring to room temperature for best flavor.
How can I prevent sliced peaches from browning?
Like apples, sliced peach fruit sections turn brown when exposed to air. If you serve them sliced, rinse slices in water with a few drops of fresh lemon juice added.
How can I choose the perfect plum?
Look for fresh fruits featuring rich color and slight whitish bloom on their surface. This indicates that they are fresh and have not been mishandled. Avoid plums that are excessively soft, or with cuts or bruises. Ripe fruits yield to gentle pressure and feature a sweet aroma.
How should I store my plums?
Slightly hard but mature plums can be kept at room temperature until they are ripe. Once ready, they can be placed inside the refrigerator, but should be brought to room temperature before being consumed in order to enjoy their rich, natural flavor. Wash in cold water before serving.