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July 4, 2007

Mango Nectarine

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Don't get your baggies in a twist just yet: this new fruit (above and below) is no relation to the mango, despite its name.

Stephanie Witt Sedgwick reviewed the new entry to the produce section in today's Washington Post Food section, as follows.

    Market Pick: Mango Nectarines

    The mango nectarine has a delicious case of multiple personalities. It has the taste of a mango, the color and shape of a golden plum.

    Luckily for fruit lovers, this California-grown treat — no relation to the mango, despite its name — is a wonderful combination of flavor and texture. Sweet, juicy and slightly fibrous, it's great eaten out of hand, diced in a fruit salsa or salad, or grilled. More ambitious cooks might want to sample its unique taste in a homemade cobbler or ice cream.

    Sadly, it has a short season. The fruit just started heading to markets late last week, according to Robert Schueller, spokesman for Melissa's World Variety Produce in California, which distributes the fruit nationwide. He says mango nectarine season should last until the beginning of August.

    Look for the fruit first in Wegmans, where produce managers expect to have it in stock this week. Schueller says the nectarines will make their way into more markets as the season goes on. Magruder's will carry it as well. For recipe ideas, go to www.melissas.com.

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Recipes?

Heck, we just want to taste 'em!

No problema.

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Two pounds (10–12 mango nectarines) are $27.75 here.

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I love these and have waited for them each summer for the last 8 years. This year I decided to freeze them to have in the winter. I used a vacuum sealer system and also put them up in apple and peach juices. I decided to try them while they are still available in the store only to find that none of them tasted like the fresh fruit. Those stored in juice had not surprisingly taken on the flavor of the juice, but even the vacuumed sealed ones tasted like like peaches. Very disappointing. Any ideas????

Posted by: Bette | Jul 30, 2008 9:26:20 AM

I just bought one to try from meijer's and paid 50 cents for it. They were advertised at 2 for $1.00.

Posted by: kathy | Jul 27, 2008 6:31:46 PM

I saw this fruit at the local HyVee in Kansas City. Since I love my nectariines I thought I'd try them. Even at $3.49 a pound they were worth every penny. They were DELICIOUS!!!! Ripe, sweet, suculant, juicy and full of flavor. (I was slurping!) I loved them and hope to see them again. My new favorite fruit! Nectarine flavor with a hint of mango. Yeah!!

Posted by: Annie | Jul 21, 2008 10:50:29 PM

I ate two of them they were wonderful similar to a peach.

I love them and hope they all taste great.

I thought they were super.

Posted by: michael | Jul 12, 2008 5:43:02 PM

Picked up one golden ripe today at Weis Market, Lancaster, PA @ $2.99/lb. Nice and sweet, good texture--but this former Miami boy didn't think it was very mango-y.

Posted by: Dick | Jul 12, 2008 2:42:27 PM

I just tried them for the first time this week and loved them. I have been very dissapointed with peaches at my supermarket lately so I was pleasantly surprised when I tried these. Very much like a good peach in texture but with a mango like flavor and color. Sweet and juicy with just the right amount of tartness. I am sold and I hope I can find them this good again.

Posted by: Raegen | Jul 8, 2008 1:57:30 PM

I hate to say it but maybe you guys just don't know how to determine ripe fruit. All the ones I had were flavorful and sweet with the right amount of give and a beautiful golden color.

Posted by: Kyle | Jun 29, 2008 9:36:12 PM

My wife got four (at $4.99/lb) for my lunch bag. I love "stone fruit", but was very disappointed, too. The first was mealy & not sweet at all. I could only describe it as a biscuit. Two days later, the second one was better. More like an un~ripened mango. I will let the other two wait a few more days, but might give up the idea of slurping them down, and just grill them with zucchini. (Maybe they are vegetables ~ not fruit.)

Posted by: Mike | Aug 2, 2007 3:33:45 PM

Picked up 4 ripe ones from Trader Joe's Albuquerque for $2.59. Visually this fruit was banana yellow and had a sweat but, not sugary sweat with a peach like flesh texture. A must buy if they are ripe.

Posted by: Neagle | Jul 27, 2007 1:16:05 PM

Picked up a few in the Hannaford's in Londonderry, NH. They were greenish-yellow with a slight red flush. Not bad, a bit tart. I'm not sure what color they are "supposed" to be at optimal flavor. A nice change, anyhow.

Posted by: | Jul 20, 2007 11:50:11 AM

I just had one of mine and I must say I was very disappointed. I am not giving up hope though. I don't think the one I had was ripe enough. I only ate it because it got very bruised somehow and wanted to try to eat it before it went completely south. It had slightly bitter flavor to it. Hopefully mango nectarine numero dos is much better (luckily it appears to be in pristine condition).

Posted by: Sat | Jul 8, 2007 11:52:45 PM

I just got some from Whole Foods for a whopping 5.99 per pound. They better be good! :-p

Posted by: Sat | Jul 8, 2007 10:06:31 PM

They're $2.49 a pound in Concord at the produce market at Diamond and Monument Boulevard. I found them tasty, complex but not exceptional. You can be sure I saved the pits for my mini-orchard.

Posted by: Merbert | Jul 6, 2007 8:23:24 PM

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