Project Description


The nectarine tree is essentially a peach tree that has been genetically transformed over time. It is difficult to tell these two trees apart. The name was given to it because of its taste, since it is sweet like nectar. Just like peaches, nectarines probably originated in China, where they were cultivated over 2,000 years ago. They were also cultivated in ancient Persia, Greece as well as Rome.

Nectarines are a bit smaller than peaches, have smooth skin and golden yellow flesh that turns red in the center. Their yellow flesh has a noticeable pink tinge, a distinct aroma and a stronger taste. There is a belief that nectarines are the result of a cross between peaches and plums.

Nectarines are rich in fibers and antioxidant molecules and are a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C and potassium.

Just like peaches, they are available from May till September and are at their peak during July and August. European nectarines produced in Greece stand out for their unique aroma, color, endurance and extra sweet taste.

Nectarines can be eaten raw, with or without the peel. They can also be consumed grilled, in salads, in pancakes, as compote, made into jams, used in patisserie, made into liqueurs, soft drinks, smoothies or juices.


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