If I told you little boys were like puppies, would you know what I mean? If you have never had a little boy or a puppy, I might tell you that little boys and puppies are like living with the 3 Stooges, trouble. Ahhh… now you understand. How can I describe the flavor of a Le Grand Nectarine?
I could tell you that it tastes like a peach, but WAY BETTER – juicier and sweeter … But, what if you have never tasted a peach? Close your eyes and imagine a green apple Jolly Rancher in your mouth, can you taste it? Can you feel the way your mouth puckers and salivates as you move the candy to the side of your cheek and swallow. When you bite into a Le Grand nectarine, you can taste the summer sun simmered down into a sunset orange smooth flesh. The first word that comes to my mind is candy. Like a kid with your head tilted back, mouth wide open, the tart acidic flavors hit your tongue like a pixie stick poured straight onto your tongue. The sweetness, unlike refined sugar, is like sucking on a honey stick from the farmer’s market – floral and smooth. The explosion of bright flavors linger, even after you swallow your taste buds are working overtime, salivating and trying to figure out what just happened.
Unlike candy that can sit in the Halloween bucket for months, my Le Grand Nectarines and Elberta Peaches from my trip with Melissa’s Produce to Masumoto Farms needed to be eaten immediately. Unwilling to let a single peach be wasted, I cooked down all the ripening fruit with a touch of honey, cinnamon, and vanilla bean. What does nectarine peach butter taste like? It tastes like a summer version of fall’s apple butter. Now if you have never had apple butter… You seriously need to get out more.
The peach and nectarine season at Masumoto Farm is from May – late August, so there is still time for you to get your hands on some of this select fruit. Look for Melissa’s Produce label at your local market or you can always go online or call Melissa’s direct and they will assist you in finding a store near you.
Check back here this week for more recipes and pictures using the Elberta Peach and Le Grand Nectarine from myself and my friends that accompanied me on the trip. For the latest news and updates in produce you can follow Melissa’s Produce on Facebook.
Nancy at A Communal Table - PEACH Cranachan
Priscilla at She’s Cooking - Heirloom Peach Cobbler
Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious - Summer Nectarine Chicken Salad
- 4-5 over ripe Le Grand Nectarines and or Elberta Peaches
- ¼ cup honey
- ¼ cup water
- 1 vanilla bean, scraped
- 1 cinnamon stick
- Pinch of seal salt
- In a small pot combine all the ingredients, including the vanilla bean
- Simmer over low heat for 30-40 minutes or until the liquids have reduced and the flesh of the fruit has cooked down.
- Cool slightly and blend in a food processor until smooth.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
- Serve on toast or over ice cream as a sauce.