Fruit – Vegetable – Tropical Fruits
There are different theories about the development of the nectarine: One is that it is a mutation of the peach, another is that a hybrid developed from a crossbreed between the almond and the plum, or the peach and the almond, or — still most probably — peach and plum. Only because of improved crossbreedings in recent decades, primarily in the USA, it has experienced an upswing in flavour and commerce.
Nectarines have a smooth, hairless, attractive and shiny red skin and have firm yellow or sometimes white flesh that can be easily separated from the stone. Thus, nectarines are a hairless species of the peach.
They are primarily cultivated in Italy, France, Spain, Greece, California, Chile and South Africa.
They contain carotene, nucleic acids and vitamin C.