The nectarine is indigenous to Asia, from where it made its way to Europe and finally to the Americas. The name "nectarine" is thought to be a derivative of the name of the Greek god Nektar, and the juice of the fruit has been referred to as the "drink of the gods." The nectarine is a member of the rose (Rosaceae) family. About 98 percent of the domestic crop is grown in California, where cultivation began just over 130 years ago. These nectarines are available throughout the summer, reaching their peak in July and August. Smaller quantities are imported from South America or the Middle East in winter and early spring.
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