This fruit is a hybrid of a smooth-skinned peach. In color, due to the lack of a velvety fluff, it seems brighter and riper than peaches. China is considered its homeland. There is an opinion that this fruit is a hybrid of a peach and a plum, but in fact, this fruit is the result of selection.
What is Nectarine?
Its name is nectarine. Nectarine is a fruit that looks like a peach but is brighter colored and completely lint-free, its skin is smooth and glossy. Nectarine is a fruit weighing up to 200 grams, the size of a peach, with a bright yellow, pink, or combined with a red color.
How does Nectarine taste like?
The fruit has a sweeter flavor than a peach, and the pulp is firmer, darker yellow, juicier, and fragrant than a peach. The seed can be slightly separated from the pulp, and some types’ kernels have a sweetish flavor and can be eaten. Italy, Tunisia, and Greece are now leaders in the production of nectarine because they have a good climate for cultivation. Only there you can eat truly ripe and juicy fruit.
It is curious that looking like a peach, the fruit has glossy skin, completely devoid of lint. But what is hidden under it is much more interesting.
Caloric content is low, per 100 g, it has:
- 44 calories,
- 1.1 grams of protein,
- 11 grams of carbs,
- and 0.3 grams of fat.
The composition of nectarine includes a whole range of useful vitamins and minerals, therefore it is used for prophylactic purposes to strengthen the immune system.
One of the main components of the fruit is a natural fiber. It is like a sponge, absorbs various toxins, decay products, and other harmful substances, thereby contributing to their rapid elimination.
Doctors recommend including nectarine in the diet of patients suffering from cancer, hypertension, and atherosclerosis. Nectarine is beneficial for people with overweight problems. Its amino acids promote the secretion of the internal glands of the body, normalize metabolism and break down fats.
During the fruiting season of nectarine, you should try to eat at least three fresh fruits a day – this will help cleanse your body. Nectarine is best consumed raw, as it produces an alkali precipitate.
It will also be healthy and tasty in dried form. Nectarine can be harvested in the same way as peaches: bake in the oven, make jams and preserves, canning, or even freezing in the form of slices or puree in sugar syrup.
From nuclear bitter varieties, you can get fatty oil, which is used in the manufacture of pharmacological drugs and ointments as a solvent. The shell from the seeds of the nectarine is used in the manufacture of activated carbon.
The wood of this fruit is used in the manufacture of handicrafts and souvenirs, as it has a beautiful texture and is easily polished.
Nectarine resembles a peach in appearance and taste. With its sweet citrus flavor, it has won over many gardeners, who like to grow fruit orchards. And it will be a great fruit for breakfast, so add fresh slices to yogurts, casseroles, cottage cheese.