amazing in the hand
perfect as a sorbet.
- Ancient Haiku dating back to the Murr Dynasty
Pit the fruit and slice coarsely. Toss into a blender with a few drops of lemon juice and optionally a teaspoon of honey. Blend until no large pieces remain. Pour into individual serving cups and freeze. Yum!!
Variety: April Glo
The April Glo Nectarine is an early riser. While it isn’t the best of the entire harvest, it will definitely be one of the first to carry the flag for the coming season of nectarines. It has a sweet-tart flavor and a bright yellow flesh, with a fairly standard red speckled exterior.
Variety: Arctic Belle
The Arctic Belle can be easily mistaken for a peach by flavor. It’s significantly softer and sweeter than comparable nectarines. While this may seem strange, nectarines and peaches are so similar genetically that sometimes peaches can grow on nectarine trees and vice versa
Variety: Arctic Jay
The Arctic Jay has been the most consistently high scoring variety on texture, sweetness, and juice in DWN formal taste tests since 2014. What’s that mean? It means this one is good. Like, 4 out of 5 scientists agree.
Variety: Arctic Mist
The clinical description of an Arctic Mist is Excellent, sweet, subacid, mild, Lanceolate. While most of that is pretty…dry, the Arctic Mist is definitely not. Excellent is right, all you fruit doctors out there. The Arctic Jay has an average brix (the scientific measurement for sugar) of 17. For comparison, a great apple will have 16!
The Arctic Pride Nectarine makes for a fantastic traveling nectarine. It will ripen very evenly, meaning that despite it’s thicker than average skin, you can easily make a sorbet without worrying about some servings being more or less sweet than others.
Variety: Arctic Star
The Arctic Star is the earliest to ripen of the super sweet low acid nectarines. This variety sports an extremely creamy interior that can be described as having vanilla tones and a rich aftertaste. One of the few nectarines that maintains a good flavor after becoming soft.
Variety: Arctic Sweet
The Arctic Rose is an extremely delightfully painted nectarine with a rose hue and speckle white patterns. Often described as firm, sweet, and notably crisp at its ripest. Due to its hearty nature, the arctic Sweet responds well to being dried or turned into chips, simply bake them at 200 degrees and flip after browning.
Variety: August Fire
August Fire nectarines have a radiant red color with a yellow backing to complement its golden interior. Very sweet with a respectable kick, try pairing this variety in salads as a substitute for citrus to take a traditional Chinese mandarin salad to the next level.
Variety: Grand Pearl
The Grand Pearl variety is a relatively new type of nectarine that seeks to create a perfect balance between the strong flavor associated with the yellow nectarine against the unbridled sweetness of white nectarines. It was first discovered in 1990 right here in San Joaquin Valley and has since become a consistent feature of Best Nectarine lineups!
Variety: Honey Kist
The Honey Kist variety, a progenitor to May Grand, first gained popularity when farmers noted its fruit’s ability to remain connected to the tree, thereby allowing for a longer period of ripening, and a very firm exterior that not only helps increase the crispness of the plant during eating but lengthens its shelf life before becoming over-ripe and mealy.
Variety: Honey Royal
While the Honey Kist is a marvelous variety, the Honey Royale is an improvement upon the Honey Kist developed in 2000. One of the best ways to experience the significance of understanding different varieties is by trying the lineage in order, May Grand, Honey Kist, and Honey Royale. There is a consistent increase in quality!
Variety: Red Pearl
The Red Pearl is a variety that comes in significantly later than most. By making sure that new varieties are constantly growing, we can assure that we always have fresh picked produce available, and a wide array of ripeness for use with different recipies.
Variety: Red Roy
The Red Roy is a humble tree that is important for a reason that does not occur to traditional fruit eaters but is a constant concern for farmers. Every fruit requires a certain temperature, and during months where there are extreme temperature changes entire crops can fail. The Red Roy is a trooper that can withstand exceptional temperatures assuring we always have nectarines, no matter the weather!
Variety: May Grand
In the 1980s, the May Grand was at the top of the 10 best Nectarines, having completely overshadowed other varieties for it’s ability to become sweet significantly prior to the softening of the flesh, accounting for one of the earlier occurances of firm nectarines for eating.