Nectarines are really peaches with smooth skin. The name 'nectarine' comes from the word nectar, which refers to a sweet liquid that was believed to be enjoyed by Greek and Roman gods.
Nectarines in the Kitchen
Nectarines offer potassium, magnesium, fiber and vitamin A. One medium-sized fruit has 62 calories. Fresh nectarines are found in the produce section of the grocery store. Choose fruits that are firm with a fresh aroma. They can be eaten as snacks or used in recipes such as Nectarine Sole.
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"Apricots, raw." USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference. Accessed November 28, 2010. http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/search/.