The nectarine is a fruit of asian origin in the same family as peaches, plums and almonds. As for appearance, it is same as the peach but smaller, and the surface is smoother. The pulp is juicy, with a hard “stone” in the centre: the seed which is not edible.
It is a low-calorie fruit without saturated fat, but contain many antioxidants and nutrients. Provide decent amounts of vitamin c, a potent antioxidant which acts against free radicals of oxygen, it helps to strengthen the immune system against infectious agents and is necessary for collagen synthesis; vitamin a, necessary for vision, protect against some cancers and for the proper functioning of the immune system; iron, necessary for the formation of red blood cells … Also provide vitamin e and k, copper, calcium, magnesium … But less so.
Although nectarine is a fruit that is usually consumed fresh, without adding anything, it also serves to prepare compote and jams. Another way of adding it to the diet is in fruit salads and desserts like cakes and pies.