Nectarines and peaches are very similar in looks and in taste. The most notable difference between the two fruits is that peaches have fuzz; nectarines do not. Another thing the two fruits have in common is that they both show up on EWG’s Dirty Dozen List. When conventionally grown, they have can have a very high pesticide load.

When purchasing nectarines, you want to buy organic ones, or you want to be able to ask the farmer about how the nectarines were grown. If you come across nectarines at the farmers market or a roadside stand, ask the person selling them how they were grown. If you’re happy with their answer, grab a bunch of them and try one of these recipes.

  1. Nectarine Buttermilk Panna Cotta – This no bake custardy dessert is perfect summer – no oven to heat up, and you only have the stove on for about five minutes. Six simple ingredients go into this treat.
  2. Grilled Nectarines with Amaretto Spiked Marscarpone –Nectarines get thrown on the grill for 10 minutes to caramelize the sugars in them and then they’re stuffed with a sweet, slightly boozy, cheesy filling. Yum.
  3. Nectarine and Lime Jam – Preserve nectarines for when they’re out of season by making this jam, and canning it in small batches.
  4. Nectarine, Sage & Blue Cheese Pizza – I totally admire people who make their own pizza dough (I do once in a while) or cook from store bought pizza dough, but I also think that something like this could be cooked on Naan and save some time and work.
  5. Chunky Nectarine Salsa – Colorful and healthful, this salsa has fruits and veggies in it.
Do you have any favorite recipes that call for nectarines?

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Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

5 recipes for nectarines
The peach’s cousin is season right now. While it’s less fuzzy than a peach, it’s just as versatile and delicious.