A Simple But Oh-So-Satisfying Celebration Of Nectarine Season

We’re eating seasonally again for this article, and, as the hot summer temperatures really begin to kick in and sap our energy, this simple but tasty nectarine recipe is just what is needed.

We’ve followed the summer fruits through the season, starting with the delicate loquats back in early May. Now, just as the cherries are leaving their prime, it’s time for the plump, juicy peaches and nectarines to shine.

Health Benefits

The stalls of the Fethiye Tuesday market and the Sunday market in Çalış are bursting with the sunshine colours of these summer fruits. And nectarines are the ones that always end up in our shopping bag. So, this is our celebration of nectarine season…

Nectarine Season

We love to buy nectarines at this time of year

As with many of other fruits, there are many health benefits to nectarines. And the good news is, if you eat one nectarine, you have eaten one of your five-a-day.

For us, here in the heat of the Fethiye summer, as well as being a tasty treat, nectarines are highly useful because they have a high water content. Great for hydration!

Our Favourite Summer Nectarine Recipe

So, what do we do with our nectarines once we have bought them? Of course, we can just eat them as they are. A few vitamins, minerals and a good dose of hydration is certainly no bad thing in this heat.

But, nectarine season is also the time for a perfect summer breakfast. We love a huge Turkish breakfast once in a while – who doesn’t – but during these hot summer months, this nectarine recipe is just what the body is looking for in the cool morning air.

Nectarine Recipe

One of our favourite nectarine recipes

Further bonuses to this summer nectarine recipe are:

  • It’s really quick and simple. Just what you need in summer!
  • We’re using all local ingredients.

Since moving to Fethiye, Turkish süzme yoghurt and local honey have become staples in our house. These are the other two ingredients that will make up our healthy breakfast.

Natural yoghurt is magical when settling an upset stomach and tackling nausea – two afflictions that can easily occur in summer heat. It also has soothing, cooling properties. And, as for honey – antibacterial properties, anti-inflammatory properties, soothing on the throat – and it’s just a natural sweet treat.

A Summer Nectarine Recipe

We say breakfast, but this nectarine recipe can be enjoyed at any time of day.

Nectarine With Yoghurt & Honey
 
Author:
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Turkish
Serves: 1
Prep time:
Total time:
 
This healthy nectarine recipe is a perfect summer snack.
Ingredients
  • 1 large nectarine, washed
  • 2-3 tbsp natural yoghurt
  • 2 tsp honey
Instructions
  1. Turn your nectarine on its side and use a sharp knife to cut around the circumference, letting your knife go around the stone.
  2. Now twist the two halves of the nectarine in opposite directions whilst gently pulling them apart.
  3. Remove the stone and discard.
  4. Cut your nectarine into bite-sized chunks and arrange on a small plate.
  5. Spoon your yoghurt over the top.
  6. Now drizzle your honey over the yoghurt and exposed chunks of nectarine.
  7. Serve immediately.
Notes
If you can't get Turkish yoghurt, Greek yoghurt will do the same job.
Calories are approximate.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 170

And that’s how we enjoy most of our nectarines when we buy them.

There are lots of other nectarine recipes out there. Some people like to make jam with them.

If you follow this blog regularly, you’ll know we don’t have a particularly sweet tooth so we also like savoury nectarine recipes. They’re great grilled or roasted with meat. If you’re doing grilled köfte, for example, or şiş kebabs, add some chunks of nectarine to the grill, drizzled with olive oil. Magical!

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Comments

  1. How have you lived there so long without combining They are such a great combo aren’t they, and not just for eating:

    When I had my first holiday in Fethiye I was caught out by the intensity of the early Spring Sun on my peelly wally Scottish skin and got really badly burnt (despite having on a cardigan). The hotel staff were most bemused (and some horrified) when I came back from the walk to Kaş and back and went to the kitchens to ask for honey and yoghurt for my burnt skin.

    Quite a wee crowd gathered as I slathered on the mixture and they all thought I was off my head, but the next day my previously raw scarlet flesh was immensely calmed and no peeling. WHen one of them had a a bad reaction to the alcohol in a face splashy thing (what’s it called, the stuff you get offered in people’s houses, like aftershave). Anyway I pretty much insisted he put on the yog/honey mix and he said he could hardly believe how cooling and pain reliving it was, so they were converted to my home remedy after that. Try it next time any friends visit and get a nasty burn.

  2. @ Cally: I know. We take a while to get around to these things! 🙂

    We use yoghurt for allsorts of burn problems,skin reactions and tummy problems but I’ve recently read about the wonders of honey, too. Amazing isn’t it that we have all this lovely natural stuff in our cupboards and fridges and yet we’re all so happy to skip off to the chemist for tablets and medicine.

  3. Yummy! I never thought about yogurt and honey either until I found one here at our local Walmart in Texas: Greek Yogurt with honey at the bottom. So good! By the way, my favorite fruits to combine it with are either blackberries or peaches 🙂

    But as a hangover cure? Never tried that. I always thought of fatty and greasy as THE hangover food. Might have to try your approach next time!

  4. @ Sabrina: Yes, we’re big fans of the good old English breakfast as a hangover cure but the healthy yoghurt/fruit option (despite not being very appealing at the time!) seems to have better long term results. At least that’s what I tell myself! 🙂

  5. Not having internet is always a challenge – and a blessing! What a lovely treat – how can honey be a bad thing?

  6. Yogurt is medicine in Turkey…the cure for all ills, and Western medicine is finally catching up to all that! Julia, your food photos are positively pornographic! 🙂 I could see the ‘sweat’ off the nectarines.

  7. Oh my gosh…that looks so luscious!! Any chance it’ll still be in season in October??!!! that looks right up my alley!!!

  8. @ Belinda: More of a challenge, we think. 🙂

    @ Anonymous: Ha ha, thanks. And yes, it’s nice that western medicine is finally embracing a few more natural remedies.

    @ Jen: And really simple, too. Not sure how much longer the nectarines will be about though…

  9. Hi Julia! your photo is amazing! Yes, yogurt is a staple in our fridge too although not necessarily süzme.
    Nectarines are delicious, you’re right.Here in Provence, all the fruit and veg is similar to what we are used to – but then there is the delicious rosé which is such a treat!

  10. Yogurt and nectarines (or peaches) is our favorite breakfast, too. Since being in Turkey, we have eaten it just about every day. Fresh fruit and good yogurt is not something we see in Canada, so it’s a real treat. Haven’t thought of adding honey. I usually get my dose of the sweet stuff in the baklava.

  11. @ Claudia: Mmmm, yes, I bet that delicious rose is a real treat! I love a good rose. 😉

    @ Mark: I never fancied the honey because I’ve not got a sweet tooth but it works. I’m slowly getting used to baklava. It’s taken a while! 🙂

  12. I’m salivating just looking at the picture.

  13. Your nectarines look fab! I just bought 1.5 kilos at the Arnavutköy sali pazar, and plan to poach them in a “melissa” simple syrup so they will last a bit longer in the fridge. =)

  14. @ Laurel: Try it, it’s good. 🙂

    @ Joy: Afiyet olsun. Don’t think we’re going to get too much longer out of the nectarines here. 🙁

  15. what I like about this blog is that you have many of the same fruits and vegetables that we do but often prepare them differently. The nectarine/yogurt combination looks wonderful.

  16. @ Sarah: And the same goes for us, too. 🙂 How would you prepare your nectarines? Always looking for interesting things to do with fruit just to make me eat it more often!

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