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What is the difference between peaches and nectarines?

 

Peaches and nectarines look and taste so similar, so what's the difference between them? Find out how peaches and nectarines are different, plus other common questions like how to store them, the benefits of eating them and lots of peach and nectarine recipe ideas.

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What is the difference between peaches and nectarines?

Peaches and nectarines are ripe for the picking at the moment. They’re sweet, juicy and taste like summer. Grab them from the bowl as a speedy snack or turn them into spectacular salad or to-die-for dessert. 

Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about peaches and nectarines, plus plenty of stunning summer fruit recipes for you to try.

Are peaches and nectarines the same? 

Botanically speaking, yes. They are the same species and sometimes they even grow on the same tree! Peaches have a fuzzy skin, whereas nectarines have smooth skin, so commercially, they are considered different. Some say that peaches are sweeter than nectarines, but others claim the opposite. In recipes they are interchangeable.

How do you store peaches and nectarines?

Keep them in the fridge if they are ripe and ready to eat, or in a cool dry place so that they can continue to ripen slowly. Your nectarines and peaches will ripen best between 8° and 25° Celsius.

Can you eat nectarine and peach skin?

Yes, the skin and flesh of nectarines and peaches are completely edible. The only part of the fruit that needs to be removed are the stems and stones (seeds).

Are peaches and nectarines good for you? 

You bet! If you eat them skin and all, they’re a good source of dietary fibre. Plus, they are rich in a number of essential vitamins, including vitamins A, C and E. Reports say that just one serving of peach or nectarine has about 15% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin C.

Peach and nectarine recipes

Discover plenty of peach and nectarine recipes, from succulent desserts to savoury salads and snacks, there are so many things you can do with these fruits. Or, you can check out even more stone fruit recipes including recipes with plums and apricots!

Get the recipe: Mini Pavlovas with Poached Peaches

These mini pavs are perfect for individual desserts for summer entertaining or Christmas spreads.

Get the recipe: Nectarine and Salted Caramel Tiramisu

This twist on tiramisu is so easy to put together, but it will have everyone asking for the recipe. Nectarines and coffee might not be the first flavour pairing that comes to mind, but it works perfectly!

Get the recipe: Nectarine and Apricot Coconut Chia Puddings

Any recipe that can be eaten for dessert and breakfast is a winner in our book. These creamy and healthy little puddings are such a treat.

Overnight summer oats with roasted nectarines

Chargrilled Peaches with Lime Cream Cheese and Maple-Caramelised Macadamias and Seeds

Grilled White Peach, Radicchio and Goats Cheese Salad

Grilled Yellow Nectarine Salad

Apricot and Peach Cheesecake Lasagne

Char-grilled Peach and Prawn Pad Thai Noodle Salad