Nectarines - the unsung hero of the peach family. They are orange or orange-red in color when ripe with a smooth firm skin. Slightly larger than most plum varieties, one medium-sized nectarine contains 62 calories and is a good source of a number of minerals, vitamins and dietary fiber.
Nectarines are highest in Beta-carotene - an antioxidant that helps protect the body from damage from free radicals. Beta-carotene is also converted by the body into vitamin A which helps build and maintain healthy skin, teeth, bone tissue, soft tissue and mucus membranes. Whether fresh or dried, nectarines are a great source of dietary fiber, which is important for maintaining overall health and good digestion. One medium-sized nectarine contains 285 milligrams of potassium, an important mineral for overall body health and function. Potassium is a mineral that is necessary for electrical and cellular functions in the body.
Nectarines are available all summer season, so keep things fresh and spicy by trying this salsa recipe.
- 1 nectarine, pitted and diced (try to preserve the juices and add them to the mixture too)
- 4 finely diced cherry tomatoes
- 2 tbsp diced red onion
- 2 tsp finely shredded cilantro (or parsley)
- 2 tsp fresh shredded basil
- juice of 1/2 lime
- zest of 1/2 lime
Chop up all the ingredients and throw them together in a bowl, add the lime juice and lime zest last. Sprinkle in a little bit of salt too, to bring the flavors to life.
Recipe courtesy of Eat Spin Run Repeat http://eat-spin-run-repeat.com/recipes-2/?recipe_id=6050982