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

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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

This healthy nectarine recipe is a perfect summer breakfast or snack.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Turkish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 170kcal
Author Turkey's For Life

Ingredients

  • 1 large nectarine washed
  • 3 tbsp natural yoghurt
  • 2 tsp honey

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

  • 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!

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Turkey's For Life

Monday 19th of September 2011

@ 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!

Sarah

Monday 19th of September 2011

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.

Turkey's For Life

Saturday 17th of September 2011

@ 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. :(

Joy

Thursday 15th of September 2011

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. =)

Laurel

Thursday 15th of September 2011

I'm salivating just looking at the picture.

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