From the same species as peaches, the Nectarine’s defining feature is the smooth skin or the lack the fuzzy skin characteristic of the peach fruit.
Nectarines have red and yellow, or red and white skin, and when ripe, depending on the variety, the flesh either separates easily from the stone, known as freestone or adheres firmly to the stone, otherwise known as clingstone. Yellow Nectarines are known for their yellow flesh, which can be either classic or sub-acid, depending on the varieties. Likewise, White Nectarines are known for their white flesh and depending on the varieties, can have a red streak towards the stone, and range from moderate to very sweet. They are commonly eaten fresh and are a source of vitamins A and C.