August 17, 2018
Peaches, nectarines and apricots oh my!
The glut of locally grown fruit in BC continues throughout summer, with stone fruit grown throughout the Kootenays, the Lower Mainland and Okanagan regions.
While nectarines and apricots are in season for just July and August, peaches are also available throughout September. So how can you make the most of this product in that time?
The texture of nectarines is soft, with balanced flavours that make it great eaten fresh, in salads or baked in pastries. It’s also a good source of fiber, vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium and antioxidants. While they’re best eaten within a week of being ripe, they also preserve and freeze well.
The BC Tree Fruits website suggest choosing nectarines with a rich yellow background colour – the red ‘blush’ of the nectarine is actually a sign of a particular variety rather than a ripe fruit.
BC apricots have a sweet, tangy flavour, with a refreshing taste and natural sweetness perfect for a hot summer’s day. Their flesh is soft yet firm, rich and golden in colour, and great for snacks, jams, pies and cobblers.
When buying fresh apricots for immediate use, choose ones with a nice blush and firm texture. If you are ripening immature apricots, do so away from direct sunlight by placing them in a brown paper bag and fold closed.
Peaches are delicious fresh, canned, frozen or baked – but in summer in BC, we can make the most of them while they’re fresh! The Okanagan is renowned for its sweet, summer peaches. But do you know how to choose a good peach?
The skin around the stem should be completely yellow or red, with no trace of green, and should feel slightly spongy when pressed with a finger. Because they are a very fragile fruit, avoid fruits with obvious bruising.
With a sweet flavour and low calories, this fruit is high in vitamins A, B and C. Try it in this great recipe on the We Heart Local BC website!
Do you have any recommendations of what to do with summer fruits? Let us know!