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.
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…
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.
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.
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
- 1 large nectarine washed
- 3 tbsp natural yoghurt
- 2 tsp honey
- Turn your nectarine on its side and use a sharp knife to cut around the circumference, letting your knife go around the stone.
- Now twist the two halves of the nectarine in opposite directions whilst gently pulling them apart.
- Remove the stone and discard.
- Cut your nectarine into bite-sized chunks and arrange on a small plate.
- Spoon your yoghurt over the top.
- Now drizzle your honey over the yoghurt and exposed chunks of nectarine.
- Serve immediately.
- If you can't get Turkish yoghurt, Greek yoghurt will do the same job.
- Calories are approximate.
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!