how to Select
Choose brightly colored and fragrant fruits that yield to gentle pressure, especially along the seam. Like peaches, the amount of red blush on their cheeks depends on the variety, and is not always an indicator of ripeness. Avoid rock hard or greenish fruit as well as fruit that is too soft or shriveled.
how to pRepaRe
Insert a knife blade into the stem end of nectarine. Slice into halves lengthwise to the pit, turning the nectarine while slicing. Remove the knife blade, then twist the halves and pull apart. Remove the nectarine pit using the tip of a paring knife; discard.
how to StoRe
If purchased unripe, nectarines can be stored at room temperature until they ripen. Place ripe nectarines in the refrigerator, where they will keep for two to three days.