Nectarines are not a hybrid fruit, they are peaches that lack the gene for fuzz! Every so often a nectarine can be spotted growing naturally on one of our peach trees. Though they're peaches in disguise, nectarines are regarded commercially as different fruits and the lack of fuzz can make for a very different eating experience. As with peaches, nectarines can be white or yellow, clingstone or freestone. On average, they're slightly smaller and sweeter than their cousins and their lack of fuzz can make their skins appear more reddish. The nectarines deeper sometimes almost purple coloration contributed to a mistaken belief that they are hybrids of peaches and plums. We grow seven yellow-fleshed varieties and two white-fleshed varieties that are typically harvested from early July to early September.
Jade and Emeraude
White-fleshed nectarines, the Jade and Emeraude's subtle sweetness and low acidity makes them a great contrast to our early-season yellow peaches. Emeraudes are available late June to early July.
The Ruby Grand is our first yellow nectarine of the harvest season. It's naturally large and fragrant with an intense flavor. It's firm flesh has a melting mouthful and is a very versatile fruit, excellent for eating fresh, canning, freezing, and for drying. Ruby Grands are available in early to mid-July.
Our Summer Flare trees produce some of the largest and juiciest nectarines we see. Rich in flavor, they're often solid red with hardly a streak of yellow in the skin. A clingstone, the Summer Flare is an ideal variety to bite right into and eat out of hand. Summer Flares are available in mid-July.
Slightly smaller on average than the Ruby Grand, the Ruby Diamond is our best early-season nectarine in Farmer Al's opinion. It's a brilliantly crimson freestone with a very good eating quality. Juicy and firm it has the perfect blend of tangy and sweet that nectarine fans love. Ruby Diamonds are available in mid to lateJuly.
The Flavor Top is one of the highest scoring nectarine varieties in regional fruit tastings. It's a beautiful variety, with bold streaks of red and yellow and firm succulent flesh. They hold up extremely well when sliced so are ideally suited for a fragrant midsummer fruit salad and are one of the varieties we especially recommend for grilling. Flavor Tops are available in mid to late July.
Quickly becoming one of our best-known and most popular varieties, the Fantasia is a large, tapered heirloom variety. It's deep golden flesh is amazingly sweet and smooth, and its marbled bright red skin makes for exceptionally beautiful presentation. Like many of our more unique and heirloom varieties, the Fantasia is a far more fragile fruit than most farms will even consider growing. Like the Suncrest peach that often ripens at the same time, the Fantasia is easily bruised when allowed to ripen properly on the branch, but we're sure you'll agree that the taste is well worth the risk. Fantasias are available in mid to late July.
The Summer Fire has a firm meaty flesh that isn't as juicy as some of our other varieties but is packed with a red wine intensity that makes it a memorable and desirable nectarine. Often with a deeper reddish hue than the Fantasia, the Summer Fire is a variety that's worth the extra effort it takes to slice and pit a clingstone: its warm yellow flesh is streaked beautifully with red near the pit. Summer Fires are available in early to mid-August.
August Fire and August Red
These two varieties are similar in appearance, taste and texture and bring our nectarine season to a close beautifully. They're both elegantly shaped and rich in flavor, with deep red skin and warm orange flesh. August Fire and August Red necarines are available in mid-August to early September.