Nectarine

Nectarine

Plural:
Nectarines
Family:
Rosaceae – Rose family
Species:
Prunus persica

Origin

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.

Fruit

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.

Flavour

For some varieties, the flesh of nectarines tastes as sweet as a peach, but others taste more piquantly sour than a plum. Their abundance of juice and flavour is remarkable.

Cultivation

They are primarily cultivated in Italy, France, Spain, Greece, California, Chile and South Africa.

Ingredients

They contain carotene, nucleic acids and vitamin C.