Ripening Honey Royale nectarine
Honey Royale, best fruit I grow.
Below the right side of cut fruit is soft and translucent. This is the sweetest, most flavorful, and best eating. On the left side still slightly green and firm. It takes 2-3 days at room temperature to get the whole fruit soft. If it's handled too much the flesh darkens and looks somewhat unappetizing but still tastes great.
I try to pick when the tip first softens. The final fully ripe stage is 2-3 days after that. Not something you'll get in the store. Store bought are probably picked 7-14 days before tip softens.
This post was edited by fruitnut on Fri, Jul 12, 13 at 10:35