Wednesday, March 21, 2007


Nectarine tree in full flower The nectarine is a variation of peach that has a fuzzless skin. Though grocers treat fuzzy peaches and nectarines as dissimilar fruits, they belong to the same species. Nectarines have arisen many times from fuzzy peaches, often as bud sports. Nectarines can be white, yellow, clingstone, or freestone. Regular peach trees infrequently produce a few nectarines, and vice versa. Nectarines are more simply damaged than fuzzy peaches. The history of the nectarine is unclear; the first recorded mention is from 1616 in England, but they had probably been grown very much earlier in central Asia.

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