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Sweet as nectar!

A nectarine is a fuzzless variety of peach, but isn’t a cross between a peach and a plum.

Nectarines, like peaches, probably originated in China over 2,000 years ago, and were cultivated in ancient Persia, Greece and Rome. They were grown in Great Britain in the late 16th or early 17th centuries, and were introduced to America by the Spanish.
The word “nectarine” means as sweet as nectar, and this is, very likely, the obvious origin of the name. Today, California grows over 95% of the nectarines produced in the US.
Peach seeds may occasionally grow into trees that bear nectarines, and nectarine seeds may grow into trees that bear either nectarines or peaches. It is not possible to know which fruit will grow on trees grown from nectarine seeds, so nectarine branches are grafted onto peach trees to guarantee a crop of nectarines.

Nectarines are similar to peaches, but have a smooth skin. Eating them is a healthy way to include many vitamins and minerals in your diet. Choose a firm nectarine for a nutritious snack, or serve them sliced with a drizzle of honey for a nutrient-packed dessert. However you add nectarines to your diet, you will be doing something to benefit the quality of your health.

Beta-carotene

Fruits and vegetables with bright red, orange and yellow colours often contain a good amount of beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is an antioxidant that turns into Vitamin A in the body. If you do not consume enough beta-carotene, you may become deficient in Vitamin A, which can lead to abnormal bone development, reproductive disorders and, in severe cases, death. Beta-carotene also supports healthy eyes, and may prevent diseases like macular degeneration.

Vitamin C

The Vitamin C in fruits and vegetables, including nectarines, is considered an important antioxidant that helps promote good health, and may also have the power to protect your body from certain illnesses and diseases. Vitamin C may also protect you from toxins and pollutants that cause illness.

Lutein

Lutein is a nutrient that has been receiving more attention because of its health-protective benefits. Your body uses lutein to support healthy eyes and skin, and is also considered to be an important antioxidant because it helps destroy the presence of free radicals in your body, which may decrease your risk of chronic diseases like cancer.

Most humans do not get enough lutein in their diet, but adding nectarines can help you increase how much you consume.

Other important nutrients

In addition to the most significant nutrients that nectarines offer, they also supply a wide range of other vitamins and minerals you need to eat each day. A one-cup serving of nectarines supplies 2.4 g of fibre and 1.5 g of protein. A serving of nectarine will also provide 9 mg of calcium, 13 mg of magnesium and 287 mg of potassium. Nectarines also contain iron, folic acid and Vitamin K, as well as naturally-occurring sugars that help provide energy.

 

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