Nectarines have high content of carotenoids and flavonoids, including phytonutrients lutein and lycopene, both supporters of healthy vision, heart health and the fight against carcinogens. Vitamins C and A also support immune system response to unwanted bacteria, viruses and fungi. Vitamins E and A help protect skin from UV or free radical damage and helps maintain elasticity in the inner lining of blood vessels. Nectarines give a good dose of dietary fiber, which works to promote healthy digestion and nutrient absorption from food and drink. Fiber helps balance cholesterol levels and prevents buildup of bad cholesterol. Very low in total calorie content, fat free and great source of natural sugars.
Vitamin and Mineral Content
Vitamins – C, A, B3 (Niacin) and E
Minerals – Potassium, Copper, Phosphorus and Manganese
Phytonutrients in nectarines help reduce risks of atherosclerosis, heart disease, macular degeneration and many cancers.
How to Grow
See Peaches for growing guidelines. Cousin to the peach, nectarines are often called “beardless peach.” During a break on a warm summer day, not much beats biting into a cool, juicy nectarine. Trees take 2-3 years to produce delectable fruit. Can be grown as a bush tree, fan tree or standard. Prefers sunny site with well-drained soil not overly nutrient rich. Note: If flowering occurs before pollinating insects arrive, you may need to hand pollinate from one flower to the next. Use soft-bristled paintbrush or similar device.
Needs great drainage to get nutrients and grow disease free. If soil is thicker, in addition to amending with organic matter, sprinkle a layer of broken-down bricks or sediment into the bottom of hole to help create space for draining.