Can you eat the nut inside a nectarine?
The variety we eat is a "sweet" safe version which doesn't have cyanide. Other stone fruit kernels are essentially like bitter almonds; the plants are closely related. Fortunately it's pretty hard to accidentally eat bigger kernels (apricots, peaches, and nectarines) that could carry enough to really be harmful.
Despite its fuzzy texture, peach skin is perfectly edible, and many people eat peaches without peeling. However, according to USDA sampling, peaches can be coated with as many as nine different pesticides before arriving at the grocery store. On the Consumers Union index of pesticide toxicity, peaches ranked highest.
- Eat the pair out of your hand, skin and all. You can eat pears just like you eat an apple, by holding them and eating around the middle. If you don't like the taste of the pear's skin and find it too bitter or tough, you can carefully remove the skin with a knife first.
- In small, cut-up pieces the flesh of a peach is safe for your dog. But, like any food that's not a regular part of his diet, peaches can cause some stomach upset, most commonly temporary diarrhea. Don't share canned or preserved peaches with your dog. Peach stones contain a sugar-cyanide compound called amygdalin.
- Place peaches in a large pot of boiling water for 10-20 seconds or until the skin splits.
- Remove with a slotted spoon. Immediately place in an ice water bath to cool the peaches and stop the cooking process.
- Use a paring knife to peel the skin, which should easily peel off.
The red blush of a peach or nectarine doesn't tell you if the fruit is ripe. Look at the background color. It should be uniform, either golden or pale cream, with absolutely no green blush or tinge. Yellow-fleshed peaches and nectarines should be soft but not mushy in any way.
- Choose a ripe nectarine and eat it fresh. You can cut it into fourths, remove the pit and place the pieces in a bowl and eat them with a spoon, or you can simply eat a nectarine like an apple. Just be sure to wash it first and keep plenty of napkins on hand for the sticky juice that escapes.
- If you see some green, it means the fruit is not yet ripe. Leave it at room temperature for a day or two, though, and it will ripen just fine (don't refrigerate a peach or nectarine until it is fully ripe).
- When using a nectarine in a recipe you have to first remove the stone.
- Insert knife blade into stem end of nectarine; slice into halves lengthwise to the pit, turning nectarine while slicing.
- Remove knife blade; twist halves to pull apart.
- Remove pit from nectarine using tip of paring knife; discard.
Nectarines are good for the skin. There are many nutrients in nectarines that promote healthy skin. One of them is vitamin E, which can act as an anti-inflammatory and also protects skin from free radical damage caused by ultraviolet light. A medium nectarine contains about 5% of our daily vitamin E needs.
- Although the flesh of nectarines and peaches is fine for your dog to eat, you do need to be careful of the pit. The pit contains traces of cyanide and is also a choking hazard. Your dog may enjoy the taste but it won't do them any good at all.
- A yellow nectarine has a bright yellow-orange flesh that is covered by a smooth, red-yellow skin. Nectarines are actually a cultivar of peach. Nectarines have a smooth, fuzz-less skin, dense flesh and tangy-sweet flavor. Genetic studies have shown that nectarines are slightly smaller and sweeter than peaches.
- · A nectarine (Prunus persica) is a fuzzless variety of peach. It is not a cross between a peach and a plum. Fuzziness is a dominant trait of peaches.
Updated: 29th September 2018