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The Difference between Nectarines and Peaches

Jun 16, 2016

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Nectarines are often used in the same way as peaches and are often considered as substitutes for peaches. The main difference between a nectarine and a peach is the outer surface of the fruit; nectarines have red, smooth skin and peaches have fuzzy skin.

Nectarines also tend to be smaller, firmer and more aromatic than peaches.

The word
nectarine means "sweet as nectar."

  • Nectarines can be classified into free-stone or clinging varieties depending upon whether the seed is free or firmly attached to the surrounding flesh.
  • Interestingly, peach seeds may occasionally grow into trees that bear nectarines, and nectarine seeds may grow into trees that bear either nectarines or peaches.
  • Nectarine branches are grafted onto peach trees to guarantee a crop of nectarines.
  • Nectarines require a 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.
  • California grows over 95% of the nectarines produced in the United States. 
  • Nectarines are a good source of Vitamin C and fiber. 


    Important Facts

    • Nectarines should be stored at 31-32°F with a relative humidity of 90%.
    • If nectarines arrive unripened, store at store at 65-70°F with 95% humidity.

    • If ripe, refrigerate immediately. Ripe nectarines should be used quickly, their shelf life is short.

    • Handle carefully, nectarines bruise easily.

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