How To Tell If Nectarines Are Ripe

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The nectarine is a basically a peach that has a smooth skin. Though fuzzy peaches and nectarines are regarded commercially as different fruits, they actually belong to the same species as peaches. Nectarines are often erroneously believed to be a crossbreed between peaches and plums, but they are actually created due to a recessive gene. Fuzzy skin on peaches is a dominant gene and the smooth skin is the recessive gene.

How To Tell If Nectarines Are Ripe

Look
A ripe nectarine should be smooth, bright, shiny and unblemished.

Touch
Lightly push your finger into a nectarine. If the fruit is resistant and hard, it is not ripe. If the nectarine gives slightly, it is ripe. If the nectarine is mushy, the fruit is overripe.

Smell
Smell the nectarine. A ripe nectarine should have a sweet, fragrant aroma.

Ripen
Like many fruits, the nectarine continues to ripen after it has been picked. If you have an unripe nectarine, you can put it in a brown paper bag to speed up the ripening process.

© 2013 Maya Frances

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