Nectarines are a stone fruit and are related to peaches, cherries, plums and loquats. They grow on trees and are a bit like peaches without the fuzz. Their smooth skin is red in colour on a yellow to pale yellow background whilst the flesh can vary from almost white, yellow to almost red.
The nectarine takes their name from ‘nectar’ - the food of the gods. Nectarines are not, as some people think, a cross between a plum and a peach.
Nutritionally nectaines are similar to peaches. Yellow-fleshed nectarines have higher levels of beta carotene than the white nectarine, which is converted to Vitamin A in the body. This vitamin is an immune booster, great for the skin and is an antioxidant.
Both white and yellow-fleshed varieties are good sources of vitamin C (which also acts as an antioxidant, immune booster and supports collagen), vitamin A, potassium and dietary fibre.
Nectarines are a summer fruit and are available in season from Harris Farm Markets.
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