Nectarines, often called "peaches without the fuzz," are generally the same size, shape, and color as their counterparts. However, nectarines tend to be sweeter, and because their flesh is firmer than that of peaches, nectarines are less juicy. The skin of a ripe nectarine is a brilliant, golden yellow with generous blushes of red. Because they contain a pit, or "stone," nectarines are classified as drupes.

Family Rosaceae

Scientific name Prunus persica var.

nectarina Common name nectarine

^ High in vitamin A (beta-carotene)

^ A good source of vitamin C

^ Contains phytochemicals that promote health

Baked nectarine halves can be served with baked chicken or ham, and they make a delicious dessert.

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