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Peaches and Nectarines

Peach (Prunus Persica), Nectarine(Prunus Persica Var. Nectarina ) Family: Rosaceae Peach: Round juicy fruit with downy yellowish-red skin and a rough stone. Nectarine: Type of peach with a thin smooth skin and firm flesh. Peaches and nectarines always have to be picked ripe. They do not ripe well after they have been picked. You can keep peaches and nectarines for one to three days but you have to be very carefull, one small bruise and it will go bad on that spot. Peaches are from Chinese origin. They go back to the 10th century B.C. and are often found on illustrations from that time. The Chinese have developed an incredible amount of peach of races. The peach got it's name around 300 B.C. The greek philosopher Theophrastus thought it came from Persia and named this lovely fruit to that country. In the first century the fruit is mentioned by Romans who wrote that they imported the fruit from Persia. It is supposed that the peach reached Europe around the year 0. In England they don't show up before 1650 A.D. Strange enough, the nectarine is never mentioned in descriptions from the time Before Christ. Nectarines are first mentioned in America in 1720 when they grew between the peach trees in Virginia. A.J. Downing registred 19 nectarine races in America in 1857. Today many types of nectarines are cultivated.
Last modified: 13 April 2009
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