It is smooth-skinned peach which may be obtained from the seed of a peach or from peach by bud mutation. The smooth skin of the nectarine behaves as a recessive character to the pubescence of the peach. When the pubescent character is homozygous, all peach and a nectarine will be peaches; while if the peach is heterozygous for skin covering, the resulting progeny segregate in the ratio of one peach to one nectarine. The nectarine possesses a distinctive pleasing flavour and the tree and fruit characteristics of the peach. Nectarine is usually grown in California and it succeeds where the peach is grown. It will become more popular with the advent of superior varieties and better control methods against insects and diseases. Nectarine is a rich source of vitamins A and C. It also contains minerals. This fruit is very useful in cases of bronchitis, anaemia, scurvy, rickets, low vitality and general debility.
Benefit and uses of Nectarine.
- Nectarine are also a great source of antioxidants which can protect skin from damaging UV rays by counteracting free radical activity. “The epidermis absorbs the vitamins and nutrients from topically applied liquid juice solutions that can greatly benefit the elasticity and general appearance of the skin.
- They are low in calories. They are a good source of vitamins A and C, beta-carotene and potassium.
- The Nectarine leaves are astringent, demulcent, diuretic, expectorant, febrifuge, laxative, parasiticide and mildly sedative.
- They are used internally in the treatment of gastritis, whooping cough, coughs and bronchitis.
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