Ten fun facts about Nectarines

Fact 1
Peaches and nectarines are the same species; although peaches have fuzz, it is because the gene is dominant while in nectarines, the 'fuzz gene' is recessive.

Fact 2
Its name came from Ancient Romans, who called it the "Persian apple", but later from the French word 'peche'.

Fact 3
Though studies suggest peaches have been cultivated in China since 2,000 B.C., peaches are mentioned in Chinese writing back in the 10th century B.C.

Fact 4
Peach trees need nitrogen rich fertilizers like bone meal or blood meal, or they may not grow successfully.

Fact 5
Like apples and bananas, nectarines are climacteric, or they continue to ripen even after they are picked from the tree.

Fact 6
Nectarines are often considered a cross between a peach and a plum, even though they come from the same tree as a peach.

Fact 7
Though Georgia is known as the "Peach State" in the U.S., China is the top peach producer with over 11 million tons.

Fact 8
The ancient Chinese believed the peach possessed more vitality than other trees since the blossom sprouts before the leaves.

Fact 9
In South Carolina, there is a water tower that is 150 feet tall which resembles a peach.

Fact 10
Nectarines possess a bit more Vitamin C, more potassium and twice the amount of Vitamin A than a peach.

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Short about Nectarines
The peach; a deciduous tree.

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