Nectarine

nectarinas

The nectarine is a fruit of the Rosaceae family originated in China and improved in North America.

It´s a round fruit, with juicy pulp and lump, like peaches, and it skin is smooth like a plum.

In fact, nectarine is one bald peach, obtained by genetic mutation of the indument gene with the smooth skin gene. Also has a brighter color (between bright red and yellow) and is generally smaller.

Contrary to what people think, the nectarine isn’t a cross between peach and plum. It is a spontaneous variety of peach and thus peaches and nectarines are genetically equivalent.

The word nectarine comes from 'nectar' because of its good aroma and taste. The nectarine is cultivated for a long time. It was known in England since the late XVI century, and for reasons somewhat unknown, were way for a long time from European markets. Currently its use has grown, particularly in France, UK and Germany.

There is a lot of varieties that are grown worldwide.

 

The nectarine, depending on the variety, may have round or oval shape, smooth bark, color ranging from yellow to red. The pulp is juicy, bittersweet, aromatic, yellow, white or red.

The nectarine is a source reasonably rich in beta carotene, potassium and pectin, extremely soluble fiber.

Contains Vitamin A - essential for the protection of sight, keeping skin health and helps in growth - Vitamin C - gives strength to the tissues and acts against infections.

It also contains niacin, one very important vitamin that acts together with other substances in digestion and also stimulates the appetite. Its pulp is rich in bioflavonoids and carotenoids, plant pigments antioxidants that help protect against cancer and other diseases, reducing the damage caused to cells by burning oxygen in the body.

The bark contains insoluble fiber, which helps prevent constipation.

According to experts, the nectarine is energetic, improves mood, and helps to reduce the feeling of laziness in the summer

Calories: 100 grams contains about 55 calories.

 

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