What's in Season? Cherries and Nectarines

Sweet, sun-ripened and super nutritious, now is the time to stock up on the delicious fruit of summer.
Not only do these juicy fruits make the perfect snack, they can be transformed into desserts, salads and smoothies.

Get your fruit fix any time of the day, any way you want!

Cherries - Top 5 Tips

  • New Zealand cherries are available in December and January.
  • Cherries are best stored in the refrigerator.
  • The perfect serving size: 1/2 cup cherries - 75g.
  • Cherries should be plump and firm - if wrinkled or shrunken, they may be past their         prime.
  • Don’t have a cherry pitter? No problem. Use a chopstick or a straw to push the pit         through the cherry.

Nectarines - Top 5 Tips

  • New Zealand nectarines are in peak season from January to March.
  • Nectarines are best stored at room temperature.
  • The perfect serving size: 1 nectarine - 143g.
  • Stubborn stone that won’t pop out? Simply cut the fruit into segments while it is still         attached to the stone.
  • Look for nectarines with a nice red blush and sweet aroma.

Check out this refreshing recipe from 5+ A Day for Cherry and Nectarine Popsicles - the perfect summer cool down snack!

Cherry and Nectarine Popsicles

Makes: 3 - 6 Popsicles | Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking: None but 4 hours freezing


1 cup of cherries (stones removed)

1 cup of sliced nectarine (stones removed)

1 tablespoon of sugar (to help them set)


Blend all ingredients, pour into ice tray or ice block molds and freeze overnight or for at least four hours.

Recipe courtesy of 5+ A Day, search 5adaynz on social media and like us for fresh inspiration & recipes.