The nectarine is a mutant of the peach and also a stone fruit, which refers to fruit with skin, flesh and a hard stone at the centre. The nectarine differs from the peach thanks to its skin, which is smooth.

Nectarine cultivation

A nectarine tree must be pruned back every year, as the fruit only grows on one-year old branches. Pruning allows new branches to grow. These shoots, which are the fruit-bearing branches, will reach a length of approximately 50 cm. The flower and leaf buds grow in threes. Nectarines are mainly cultivated in Chile, South Africa, Italy, Spain and Greece.

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