Zeal

Fruit for a Healthy Future.

Selecting Zeal peaches, nectarines, plums and pluots

The better you understand your preferences when it comes to selecting Zeal fruit vareities, the more likely you will consistently purchase fruit that satisfies. Use the following information as a guide to selecting your favorite variety.

Peaches:

Peach on orange cloth

Firmness & juiciness: Yellow peaches are ready-to-eat when soft and juicy; they’ll yield slightly to gentle palm pressure and have a balance of sweet and tart flavors. Some like them when slightly firm, when they’ll be a little more tart. White peaches, naturally less tart, are sweet and can be ready-to-eat when still firm and crunchy. Both varieties will taste sweeter and juicier as they soften. Know the difference…and enjoy both!

Color & selection: While the red blush of a peach is beautiful, it doesn’t tell whether the fruit is ripe. Instead, look for a uniform yellow background color, (golden yellow on yellow peaches, creamy yellow on white peaches) with no green around the stem.

Ripening & refrigeration: Selecting firm peaches to eat in a few days? Simply allow them to ripen and soften at home at room temperature. Place peaches in the refrigerator only when they have reached your desired level of ripeness.

Nectarines:

Woman eating nectarine

Firmness & juiciness: Yellow nectarines can be enjoyed when soft and juicy, when they’ll yield slightly to gentle palm pressure and be both sweet and tart. Some like them slightly more firm, when they’ll be a little more tart. White nectarines are sweet when still firm and crunchy; they can be enjoyed that way or allowed to soften. Both varieties will taste sweeter and juicier as they soften. Try some white and some yellow nectarines, some firm and some soft.

Color & selection: Nectarines’ red-splashed skin is eye-catching, but it doesn’t indicate ripeness. It’s actually the yellow background color (golden yellow on yellow nectarines, creamy yellow on white nectarines) that’s important. Look for a uniform yellow color with no green around the stem.

Ripening & refrigeration: Want your firm nectarines to be ripe and ready to eat a few days from now? Just allow them to ripen and soften at home at room temperature. When they reach your desired level of ripeness, they can then be placed in the refrigerator.

Plums and Pluots:

Girl eating plum

Ripeness & flavor: Look for plums that are firm with a little “spring.” While plums are generally known for their tart skin and sweet flesh, the skin will become less tart and the flesh sweeter as the plums ripen and soften.

Ripening & refrigeration: As with peaches and nectarines, allow your plums to ripen and soften at home at room temperature. Don’t put your plums in the refrigerator until they’re as ripe as you want them to be.

Explore & enjoy! There are over 200 varieties of plums, each with a unique color and flavor profile. California plums are like fine chocolate and wine – enjoy finding your favorites by exploring the abundance of subtle flavors and textures!