Peaches and Nectarines are the same species, but for commercial purposes are considered two different fruits.
The trees originated in Northwest China and were spread through trade and conquest (Armies and camp followers dropping the pits after eating the fruit)..
Peaches/Nectarines should be firm, with no bruising, cuts, or soft spots.
How much does a peach weigh?
|Extra Large||3″ Dia||224g||7.9oz|
While Nectarines resemble peaches, they are sweeter and more nutritious. Best when tree ripened, but they bruise easily so most are picked early. Let ripen for a couple days before use. Avoid nectarines that are too hard or that have green spots, or those that are bruised. Freestone varieties arriving in June and July are generally better than the cling varieties that come later. Substitutes: (One of)peaches, apricots.