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How Did These Fruits Get Their Names?


Updated February 07, 2014

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How Nectarines Got Their Name
Philipp Pilz

Nectarines are 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 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 and have a fresh aroma.

Eat them as snacks or use them in recipes such as Nectarine Sole.


"Nectarine." Online Etymology Dictionary. Douglas Harper, Historian. November 28, 2010. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/nectarine.

"Apricots, raw." USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference. Accessed November 28, 2010. http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/search/.

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