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    Nectarine nutrition facts

    Sweet, delicious nectarine is a closely related fruit species to peach. As in peach, it too can be described as a drupe (fruit flesh surrounded by central solitary, hard seed) belonging within the genus; Prunus; a large group of tree fruits which also includes plums, damson, almonds, etc. This novel fruit is appreciated worldwide for its juicy, fragrant aroma, and unique taste. It thought to have originated in China and from where spread to Central Asia and Persia to Europe through ancient silk route.

    Scientific name: Prunus persica var. nucipersica.


    Nectarine is a medium sized deciduous tree with arching branches. It requires very cold winter-season followed by warm weather for proper development of buds. White or pinkish-white flowers appear in early spring which develop subsequently into attractive fruits by June. The fruit appears same as that of peach. However, nectarine tend to be smaller and has smooth surface unlike fuzzy surface in case of peach. As in peach, it features vertical furrow that extends from the stem end upto its tip.

    Internally, its flesh is juicy; and depending upon the variety it can be creamy yellow or white in color with centrally placed single, hard seed (stone). The seed is inedible. Depending upon the seed that is free or firmly attached to the surrounding flesh, nectarines can be classified into free-stone or clinging varieties.

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