Fresh and Frozen Fruit Adds Pizzazz

Try a new recipe feature pork chops, nectarines, blueberries and raspberries to spice up dinner tonight, and add fruit to your diet.

| February 12, 2010

  • Fresh nectarines.
    Delicious fresh nectarines. Young
  • Blueberries, nectarines and plums on display.
    Blueberries, nectarines and plums on display. Puccio
  • Pork chops on the grill.
    Pork chops on the grill. Gray

  • Fresh nectarines.
  • Blueberries, nectarines and plums on display.
  • Pork chops on the grill.

Sonoma, California – There is nothing quite like biting into a juicy, fragrant nectarine at the peak of ripeness. Perfect in a lunch bag or as an afternoon pick-me-up, nectarines are the ultimate healthful treat. What's more, of course, is they're just as great in recipes as they are eaten fresh. Fresh nectarines add distinctive color, flavor and pizzazz to meals – at any time of the day.

The versatility of nectarines, peaches and other stone fruit is one of the reasons chefs love to cook with them – and why you'll find them in recipes from breakfast to dessert, from the very simple to the very elaborate.

Whether you're a busy parent trying to keep your family healthy and happy, an amateur athlete eating for optimal fitness, a senior concerned about the connection between diet and wellness, fresh fruit from Chile can lighten and brighten your year-round menus with wholesome natural flavors.

Tom Tjerandsen, North American managing director of the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association, located in California, says, "The arrival of 'summer' fresh Chilean fruit in markets nationwide comes at a time when consumers are looking for new ways to incorporate more fresh fruits and vegetables into their diet".

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Healthy People 2010 objectives aim for at least 75 percent of Americans to eat the recommended two or more daily servings of fruit, and for at least 50 percent of Americans to eat the recommended three or more servings of vegetables daily.

The grilled pork chop recipe featured is one tasty way of adding more fresh fruit to the diet. For additional fresh fruit recipes and information on varieties of summer sweet nectarines as well as handling and storage tips, visit the association’s website.

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