New Zealand nectarines are available from December to April.
Storage and Handling
Store at room temperature. Handle all fresh produce with care and wash before eating.
The nectarine history runs parallel with the peach. The nectarine originated in China and was taken to Persia and then on to Greece and Rome.
- Nectarines got their name after a Chinese emperor referred to them as “nectar of the gods”
- Nectarines belong to the same species as peaches
- Occasionally peach trees can produce a few nectarines and vice versa
- Hawkes Bay and Central Otago have climates suitable for growing nectarines
- Nectarines ripen on the tree
- Nectarine flesh can be white or yellow
Nectarines are a source of dietary fibre, potassium and vitamins C and E.
You will find the full Nutrition Information Panel on the New Zealand Food Composition Data website. This website is owned jointly by Plant & Food Research and the Manatū Hauora Ministry of Health. This website holds the most comprehensive collection of high-quality nutrient data for New Zealand foods. The Database is managed and maintained by dedicated Plant & Food Research staff.