nectarines, winter bonus
I just finished the last of two bags of nectarines I froze from last summers harvest. Now I wish I hadn't given so many away as they are the best fruit out of the freezer I grow- at least this year.
I froze them on a tray, one bag as seedless halves and the other in convenient pieces. Most of the water stayed in the halves but there was a lot of ice around the pieces.
I also froze halves of apricots, but they were much the worse for wear from freezing- lots of oxidation and mushy. The nectarines were almost identical to fresh when barely thawed in the microwave- firm, brightly colored and delicious.
It seems that the Eastern Glo and Summer Beaut are almost as easy to grow here as peaches- they haven't cracked and a single SI fungicide ap keeps the rot away.
I have now planted enough varieties to span the nec season as far as varieties tested in the east. So far the later ones seem to have more tendency to crack and often much of the fruit is crap as a result. I still won't be cutting down those trees until I find better varieties in their season. I love the high acid-high flavor of nectarines and now I know they freeze great too.