Summer is the best time of year for fruits—there’s so much variety with berries, melons, and stone fruits. When it comes to stone fruits, do you know the difference between peaches and nectarines? These two fruits are quite similar and can be used almost interchangeably in recipes.
Peaches are fuzzier and softer than nectarines. There are also several varieties of them and each taste just a bit different. The yellow-fleshed ones are ideal for canning and the white-fleshed ones are sweeter. Peaches work well in pies and in savory meals like salads and soups.
Nectarines are actually a type of peach. The way to tell the difference between peaches and nectarines is by the skin. Nectarines are smoother and slightly firmer than peaches. This makes them great for grilling and they pair well with cheese. They are also delicious in salads or over ice cream.
If you’re having trouble choosing which fruit to buy, get the one that’s fresher and smells more fragrant. You can ripen them up by placing them in a brown paper bag on your kitchen counter. As soon as they ripen, enjoy them right away or store them in the fridge for a few days.