Description: Nectarines can be white or yellow, and clingstone or freestone, although Food - Nectarinethe skins are generally more reddish than those of peaches, making it look more like a plum.

Availability: Summer

Facts: Nectarines are a member of the rose family and similar to peaches. In fact, there is only one gene that separates the two to make them distinct. Can you guess what gene the nectarine is missing? You got it! The fuzzy gene!

Serving Size = 1 CUP

Selection: Choose firm fruit with smooth skin.

Food - nutrition label nectarineStorage: Store unripe in paper bag until ripe, then store at room temperature for use within 2-3 days.

Nutrition Benefits: Low fat; saturated fat free; sodium free; cholesterol free; good source of vitamin C.

Pigments: Beta Carotene, Lycopene

Phytochemicals: Beta Cryptoxanthin, Lutein and Zeaxanthin

ORAC Score: Not available