Spiced Nectarines and Raspberries

When you combine two of summer's best fruits into one delicious sauce, the result tastes amazing on just about any dessert. It can certainly replace other syrups for your ice cream, and it's also delicious drizzled over a slice of pound cake.

Spiced Nectarines and Raspberries
Photo: Jacob Fox
Prep Time:
45 mins
Process Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
5 pints


  • 1 cup water

  • 2 teaspoon finely shredded orange peel

  • ½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice

  • 1 ½ cup granulated sugar

  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 2 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 3 pound ripe nectarines, peeled (if desired), pitted, and each cut into 8 wedges

  • 1 pound fresh raspberries (4 cups)


  1. For syrup, in a 6- to 8-quart heavy pot combine water, orange peel, orange juice, sugar, and cinnamon. Bring to boiling over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Boil gently, uncovered, about 3 minutes or until syrupy, stirring occasionally. Stir in lemon juice.

  2. Add nectarine wedges to syrup in pot, stirring to coat; return to boiling. Cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Gently stir in raspberries.

  3. Using a slotted spoon, gently pack fruit into hot sterilized wide-mouth pint canning jars, evenly distributing nectarines and raspberries, leaving a 1/2-inch headspace. Ladle syrup into jar to cover fruit, maintaining the 1/2-inch headspace. Wipe jar rims; adjust lids and screw bands. (You might have leftover syrup.)

  4. Process filled jars in a boiling-water canner for 20 minutes (start timing when water returns to boiling). Remove jars from canner; cool on wire racks.

To serve

For an easy dessert sauce, whirl fruit and syrup in a blender until smooth. Serve over cake, ice cream, or cheesecake.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

123 Calories
31g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 35
Calories 123
% Daily Value *
Sodium 1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Total Sugars 26g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 16mg 80%
Calcium 16mg 1%
Iron 0.5mg 3%
Potassium 220mg 5%
Folate, total 12.2mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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