The best time to buy peaches and nectarines is during the summer months, from November through to the end of February, when they are in season and readily available. Peaches and nectarines that appear in the shops around Christmas time are perfect to eat fresh in the hand or use in refreshing desserts. Look out for white-fleshed peaches also as these are considered to have a better flavor than the yellow-fleshed varieties.
Peaches and nectarines are close relations: the nectarine is not, as is widely believed, a cross between a plum and a peach. The only difference between them is that peaches have a fuzzy skin while nectarines are smooth. Before they are eaten, peaches and nectarines should be rinsed under a cold running tap to rid them of any fungicides.
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