Vitamins and Minerals
Found Inside Nectarines
Sweeter and more nutritious than peaches,
nectarines are loaded with nutrients our
bodies seek and are highly valued for their delicious
Nectarines can be both nutritious and delicious
when made into smoothies alone and/or with other
ingredients and are great for juicing. Here are a few of the
questions we attempt to answer about Nectarines.
- What vitamins in Nectarines make Nectarines
so good for us?
- What is the best method for juicing Nectarines?
- What are some buying and storing tips for
Plus, we'll do our best to provide some general information
about Nectarines that you might not find so easily
elsewhere on the Internet.
Let's begin our exploration of
Minerals in Nectarines
Nectarines are probably best known for being loaded
with beta carotene, but they are also quite high in
Potassium and valued for their benefits for eyes and
joints. Here is a snapshot of their nutrient make-up.
Vitamins in Nectarines
- Vitamin C
- Pantothenic Acid
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin K
- beta Carotene
- beta Cryptoxanthin
- Lutein and Zeaxanthin
- Trace amounts of Thiamin, Riboflavin, and Vitamin
Minerals in Nectarines
The yellow flesh of nectarines is rich in bioflavonoids
which make them rich in antioxidants. Nectarines are also high
in pectin, a soluble fiber that is believed to help control
blood cholesterol levels.
The next time you think about nectarines, as delicious and
nutritious as they are to eat, think about how they might
add a powerful boost to your daily nutrition when added to
smoothies, or perhaps when juicing?
Tips for Juicing
Nectarines were named for the Greek god, Nekter; their juice
was later called the drink of the gods... what a great way to
think about it as you sip on your own fresh-made nectarine
Nectarines, like peaches and apricots, are all variants of
plums, with a smooth fuzz-less skin and include a pit.
WARNING: Nectarine pits
contain amygdalin, a compound that is
converted to cyanide in the stomach! You will
want to remove the pit when juicing
Unlike most other variants of plums, nectarines tend to have
a fairly firm flesh which can make them well-suited to
As with any fruit, you will want to wash nectarines
thoroughly in a biodegradable fruit and vegetable wash before
preparing them for juicing.
They can be juiced skin-on... but, as stated above,
remove the pit prior to adding pieces
to your juicer.
As with peaches, nectarines exhibit enzymatic browning after
slicing and/or juicing. A small amount of lemon juice will slow
the browning process and can be complimentary for the taste of
your nectarine juice, too.
Purchasing Tips for
Here are a few tips for buying nectarines that
may help you get the freshest ingredients. We'll also
include a few storing tips for nectarines that you might
The lack of skin fuzz can make nectarine skins appear more
reddish than those of peaches, contributing to the fruit's
plum-like appearance. The lack of down on nectarines' skin also
means their skin is more easily bruised than peaches.
Select nectarines that are moderately firm but brightly
Reject nectarines that are hard or have a greenish skin.
These were harvested too early; even though they will soften,
they will never achieve peak sweetness or flavor.
The fruit is ready to eat when the flesh yields to gentle
pressure and has a sweet, fruity fragrance.
Hard nectarines can be softened at home at room temperature,
though it probably will not get any sweeter. You can speed up
the softening process by storing nectarines in a paper bag
(similar to ripening bananas) which concentrates the ethylene
gas they emit as they age (after picking).
When the fruit is soft, it can be stored in the refrigerator
for a few days to slow further changes.
This article wouldn't be complete if we didn't
include a little general information about Nectarines, as well
as a few helpful links if you want to explore Nectarines
The history of the nectarine goes back to the
early part of the Christian era, then merges with that of the
peach. Sturtevant writes that the first mention of nectarines
was made by Cieza de Leon in the mid-fourteenth century when he
described the Caymito of Peru as "large as a nectarine."
However, U.P. Hedrick is convinced that Pliny's "duracinus"
(A.D. 79) is the nectarine.
The botanical name for nectarine is prunus
persican meaning 'Persian plum' but they are thought to have
originated in China over 2000 years ago. Today, California
grows over 95% of the nectarines produced in the United
Peach trees will sometimes produce a few
nectarines, and nectarine trees a few peaches. They’re close
relatives; nectarines’ scientific name is Prunus persica var.
nectarine, and in fact, they’re only one gene different from
peaches - it’s the gene that controls the fuzz.
Nectarine trees are prone to a disease called
leaf curl, which usually does not directly affect the fruit but
does reduce the crop yield by partially defoliating the tree.
Nectarine fruit is very susceptible to brown rot.
The peach often plays an important part in
Chinese tradition and is symbolic of long life.
Other members of the prunus persican family
include fruits like cherries, almonds, and apricots.
Additional Sources and
Resources for Nectarines
Be sure to check out both our
"Juicing" and our "Smoothies"
sections for delicious recipes and more using