Nectarines & Peaches

In one large, fresh nectarine there are 69 calories, 1.7 grams of protein, 16.5 grams of carbohydrates, and 2.7 grams of fiber. In one large, fresh peach there are 68 calories, 1.6 grams of protein, 16.7 grams of carbohydrates and 2.6 grams of fiber.

Nectarine and peach are the same species and some studies show that the only difference between them is the gene responsible for the fuzzy skin of the peach. The peach has been cultivated in China for 3,000 years. It was mentioned in ancient Greek writings in 300 BC. The origins of nectarine are obscure: the French term brugnon which means fuzzless peach came from the Middle Ages and the word nectarine didn’t appear in England until the 1600’s. The nectarine came into the United States in 1906.

Both fruits are an excellent source of vitamins A and C and fiber and a good source of vitamin E, potassium, niacin, and copper. The peach is also a good source of vitamin K and manganese. Both fruits have high antioxidant carotenoids and flavonoids.

Nectarines and peaches originated in China. Their season is late summer. Fresh nectarines and peaches provide the maximum nutritional benefits. Slicing fresh fruit and adding to cold cereal, green salads, fruit salads or yogurt is delicious! Canned nectarines and peaches are lower in vitamin C but retain antioxidants. You should choose canned fruit preserved in juice rather than syrup.

Source: Reinhard, Tonia. Superfoods: the Healthiest Foods on the Planet. Buffalo, NY: Firefly, 2010. Print.

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