The high Sierra is known for its winter snow. We've seen the photographs from the 20th century: big cars on winding, narrow roads through passes with walls of snow 20 feet high. This year is approaching one of those phenomenal snow years, something that has happened only a few times since the late 19th century. According to the Colfax Record, Squaw Valley stands today at 250 inches. That's nearly 21 feet. In the deep pockets, skiers and snow boarders are talking about the open space and sense of freedom because the brush and boulders have disappeared under the snow.
Since the winds died down last night, the Nectarine Tree sits with several inches of snow topping its bud studded stems. The snow was wet and formed icicles that encased whole buds and stem lines. We wait to see how that turns out.
Thinking about the nectarine, a quick Web search reveals some great things about this delicious fruit. The nectarine is naturally low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. It's high in vitamins A and C, niacin, potassium, and is a good source of dietary fiber.
Because the skin is often eaten, it is recommended that nectarines (peaches, plums, apples, grapes, berries, etc.) be grown by organic means. Without residual poisons, the nectarine is to be considered one of the basic foods to help maintain health and proper weight. For example, the heart-healthy Mediterranean Diet recognizes the nectarine as a member of the most basic and important food groups with low fat, low calorie, essential vitamins, minerals and fiber. It's a health food. It's a perfect snack. It's a salsa. It's a dessert topping. It's a jelly. It's a jam. It's a smoothie. Definitely, the nectarine is a real food, one we humans can eat often and with good results. And it's a dieter's good friend, too, with only a single point ascribed by the Weight Watchers Points System. What could be more perfect and delicious, ripe off the tree on a warm summer's day?