Nectarine (lat. Prunus persica var. Nucipersica) is called the king of stone fruits. This fruit, with a luxurious taste of peach and hints of almond, appears on our tables at the same time as the same peaches, that is, in the second half of summer. This is a very delicate fruit that can spoil quickly. Let’s take a look at how to store nectarines at home for a long time to enjoy even in winter.

This fruit is the result of self-pollination of a peach tree. Therefore, nectarines can appear on peach trees and vice versa. Their tastes are similar, and the only difference is the presence of smooth skin. Its homeland is considered to be China, and the name was given by the Englishman Parkinson in 1629, comparing this fruit with the drink of the mythical gods – nectar. This fruit contains calcium, potassium, magnesium, sodium and many other useful substances. Thanks to its unique composition, it helps fight various disorders in the human body.

The most important thing in storing nectarines:

  • Place in the refrigerator in one layer, wrapping each fruit in paper.
  • Frozen nectarines perfectly retain their taste and benefits for up to six months in modern freezers.
  • Cut pitted nectarines can be stored in the refrigerator in a tightly closed container for about two days.

How to store nectarines

How to choose

These fruits can be found on the shelves already in May – they are, as a rule, an imported product or stuffed with pesticides that accelerate growth. They often turn out to be tasteless, and there is practically no benefit from them.

It is better to buy a smooth peach during its natural ripening period – in the second half of July.

When choosing, you need to rely on the following external signs:

  • bright color of the skin;
  • pleasant smell;
  • the surface is easy to press;
  • no damage, deformation, dents, etc.

You should not take fruits that are lying in bulk on the counter – there are definitely mints among them, and they will not be stored for a long time. You can buy fruits that are laid out in one layer, ideally wrapped in paper.

Storage

The following are recommended ways to preserve nectarines at home:

  • place in the freshness zone (compartment for fruits and vegetables) of the refrigerator;
  • freeze for the winter;
  • make preparations in the form of preservation;
  • to dry

The ideal storage temperature for nectarine is 5-10 °C. If they are stored correctly, they may not spoil for 5 days.

No fridge

Ripe fruits should not be left at room temperature. They begin to spoil several times faster and actively release ethylene, which will contribute to the spoilage of nearby fruits.

You can buy unripe fruits and leave them at room temperature to ripen. You can do this correctly in two ways: place each in a separate paper bag with holes (as an option, wrap it loosely with paper) or leave the unripe one in the same paper bag with the apple. They ripen at room temperature quite quickly, so you need to constantly check in order to put them in the refrigerator in time and prevent them from spoiling.

You can send nectarines to the cellar, placing them in boxes and preventing them from touching each other, using paper or sand. But no matter what, this is still a perishable fruit, so few people will bother with storing it in the cellar if it only takes a few days.

In the fridge

The only place where bald peaches can be kept as long as possible is the refrigerator. Before placing the fruits in the freshness zone, each of them is wrapped in paper or placed in a fruit box with cells. They need to be sorted regularly, removing those that have begun to spoil, so that they do not provoke the spoiling of neighboring fruits.

how to store nectarines

In the freezer

Let’s assume that nectarines are also stored in the freezer. The lower the temperature in the chamber, the faster they will freeze and the longer they will be stored.

The maximum shelf life of nectarines is 6 months, if the air temperature in the freezer does not exceed -18 °C and the freezing rules are observed.

When freezing them, you should know:

  • if fruits with stones are frozen, they are first sent to the freezer on a board separately from each other, and after freezing, they are put in an airtight bag and put back in the freezer;
  • so that the pieces without seeds do not darken, they are first immersed in a solution of water and lemon juice (4 tablespoons of lemon juice per 1 liter of water), then frozen and stored in the same way as the previous one;
  • you can freeze in a food container, sprinkling them with sugar and tightly closing the lid;
  • they can be poured with sugar syrup and also, in a plastic container, sent to the freezer;
  • you can remove the bones and make puree (with or without sugar), put it in a bag with a hermetic fastener – this method will save space in the freezer.

Other ways

The conditions for storing fruit in the form of blanks for the winter are much simpler, and the recipes are simply great. Therefore, if there is a surplus of the crop, they can be processed or dried.

Nectarine lends itself well to drying – in the oven, in a special fruit dryer or in the attic on a hot day. Dried particles are stored in a glass or plastic container, tightly closed with a lid, in a dark place at a temperature not higher than 20 °C. Such requirements are also suitable for preservation – compote, jam, jam and other nectarine preparations. They will be suitable for eating throughout the year, until the next harvest.

How to store nectarines