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Peaches & nectarines July -

Peaches & nectarines

Plump and juicy, there’s something seductive about this stone fruit. Clarissa Hyman takes you through her first time experiencing its virtues

I tasted my first golden-pink nectarine on a trip to San Francisco more years ago than I care to admit. I was still an unadventurous food explorer: it was not that long since I realised tinned sliced peaches actually came from fruit-bearing trees. Velvety peaches were my Californian fruit of choice but was the nectarine a peach or a plum with attitude? They are, in fact, a smooth-skinned variety of peach of mysterious origin that first appeared in Britain in the early part of the 17th century. The name possibly comes from German and Dutch words meaning nectar-peach. So alike are peaches and nectarines that peach trees can sometimes spontaneously produce nectarines and vice versa. Peaches were born in the mountain valleys and upland forests of central Asia. They need both summer sunshine and winter cool. Their natural home is in a temperate climate; they fail to thrive in and, in fact, more

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    January produce

    Scallops, kale, parsnips, Jerusalem artichokes, chicory and pomegranates

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    February produce

    Cauliflowers, swede, oysters, lemons and passion fruit

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    March produce

    Purple sprouting broccoli, cabbage and oranges

  • Blood Oranges

    April produce

    Spring herbs, spinach, watercress, shallots, blood oranges and rhubarb

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    May produce

    French beans, asparagus, Jersey royals, peas, spinach and rocket

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    June produce

    Samphire, broad beans, gooseberries, cherries, strawberries and honey

  • Radishes

    July produce

    Courgettes, cucumbers and artichokes

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    August produce

    Aubergines, peppers, tomatoes and apricots

  • Figs

    September produce

    Peppers and figs

  • Fennel

    October produce

    Wild mushrooms, onions, sweet potatoes, fennel, apples and plums

  • Quince

    November produce

    Savoy cabbage, pumpkins, celeriac, carrots, cavolo nero, potatoes, truffles and dates

  • Brussels sprouts

    December produce

    Brussels sprouts, nuts, walnuts, chestnuts and cranberries

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