The name nectarine comes from the Greek ‘nekter’, which is the drink of the gods in Roman and Greek mythology. Nectarines are sweeter and more nutritious than their cousins, peaches. One fresh nectarine contains almost a daily dose of vitamin C. This vitamin helps the body to absorb iron and maintain a healthy immune system. Interestingly, vitamin C is also vital for the production of collagen, and this is all about your skin. Collagen helps build scar tissue over wounds, which is an essential part of the healing process.

Nectarines, of course, are smaller than peaches and do not have a furry skin. Buy them ripe as they will not ripen after being picked. Always source organic, whenever possible.