Nectarines are available from early summer into autumn, their peak season being from midsummer into autumn. Nectarines are a subspecies of the peach and not, as if often thought, a cross between a peach and a plum - basically, the nectarine is a fuzz free peach. They can be either clingstone (when cut, the flesh clings to the stone) or freestone (when cut, the flesh will fall or twist cleanly away from the stone), and white or yellow flesh. Nectarines don't need to be peeled. Nectarines are well complemented by the flavours of almonds, champagne, vanilla, raspberries, wine, dashes of cinnamon or cardamon, yogurt and cream. To Store: Store for up to 3 days at room temperature unless they are already very ripe. If stored in the fridge, bring back to room temperature before serving, as they are less flavour some when chilled.
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