If you enjoy peaches, chances are you also like nectarines. One of the highlights of summer, nectarines are in the season when the weather is warm. Their brightly-colored, sweet and tangy flesh is firmer than that of peaches, though the taste is nearly identical. In fact, nectarines are a smooth-skinned variety of peach. If you crave the taste of peaches and nectarines when they are not in season, dried nectarines deliver the same flavor.
Nectarines are also packed with key nutrients. A medium-sized nectarine supplies 10 percent of the recommended daily intake of niacin and 13.6 percent of copper. Eating nectarines may help prevent anemia. They have high levels of Vitamin C, which helps the body absorb iron. Pair dried nectarines with iron-rich foods to achieve optimal results.
Nectarines also have antioxidants like flavonoids, anthocyanins, and phenolic compounds. Flavonoids may prevent age-related decline in the brain. Anthocyanins reduce inflammation and heart disease. Phenolic compounds protect the cells from free radical damage. The antioxidant activity of phenolic compounds may also inhibit certain types of cancer.
Dried nectarines may also facilitate weight loss. They are rich in fiber, which slows digestion. Fiber keeps you feeling full for a longer period of time, thereby reducing the urge to keep snacking. The copper content in nectarines supports skin health by stimulating dermis growth. Copper also protects the skin from damage and stimulates collagen production.
In our dried fruit selection, you'll find dried nectarines and a host of other fruits. Mix your favorite fruits together to make a custom snack mix. Or simply enjoy dehydrated nectarines straight from the bag.