Commonly showcased side by side with peaches, nectarines are a
similar, but yet different fruit. The best way to identify the difference
between a nectarine and peach is by the lack of fuzz on the
nectarine. Nectarines are smaller and smooth skinned golden yellow with large
blushes of red. Their yellow flesh has a noticeable pink tinge, with a
distinct aroma and a more pronounced flavor. There are more than
100 varieties of nectarine, in freestone and clingstone varieties. In
freestone types the flesh separates from the 'pit' easily, while
clingstone types cling to the 'pit.' Nectarines are more delicate than
peaches and bruise very easily.
Health Benefits of Nectarine
- Nectarines are low in calories and are naturally fat free
- Nectarines are also naturally cholesterol free amin C helps to maintain
a healthy immune system.
- Nectarines are also a great source of antioxidants which can help
protect the skin from damaging UV rays by counteracting free radical
- They are a good source of Vitamin A, beta carotene and potassium.