How to Make Nectarine Baby Food

Nectarines are a drupe or stone fruit that is closely related to peaches and plums. Nectarines belong to the 2016 EWG’s Dirty Dozen, therefore it is recommended to get them certified organic. You can speed up the ripening process by placing them in a paper bag, clipping or folding the top and leaving them out at room temperature for 1-2 days. Once they are ripe, make nectarine puree immediately or put them in the refrigerator and use within 3 days.

How to Select Ripe Nectarines

  • Smooth skin
  • Vibrant dark red color, not pale or light
  • Orange/gold color around stem
  • Orange/gold background pigment
  • Any green tones indicate that it’s not ripe
  • The skin should not be wrinkly
  • Gives easily when gently squeezed
  • No bruises, nicks, blemishes or holes
  • Should have a strong sweet aroma


Health Benefits for Nectarines

  • High in vitamin A and C
  • High in potassium
  • High in dietary fiber
  • No saturated fats
  • Low in calories
  • Regulates digestive tract
  • Relieves or prevents constipation
  • Fights off the risk of diabetes, obesity and metabolic syndrome
  • Reduces the risk of heart disease
  • Promotes healthy teeth, eyes, skin and bones
  • Supports immune system
  • Can prevent electrolyte imbalance
  • Reduces risk of colon, lung and oral cancer
  • Reduces high cholesterol
  • Supports brain and nervous system


Vitamins and Minerals in Nectarines

  • Vitamins: A, B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B6 (pyridoxine), betaine, C, choline, E, folic acid and K
  • Minerals: Calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc


Nectarine Puree Recipes Baby Will Love

Baked Nectarine Puree

Steamed Nectarine Puree


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