Nectarines are classified as a variant of peach that has smooth-textured skin. Experts believe that they originated in China more than 2000 years ago. They are either eaten while they are firm or soft. Usually, when this fruit becomes soft it is because it has ripened. This fruit is classified as a juicy fruit. Because of its unique flavour, it accentuates the flavour of all the dishes that it is a part of. An interesting fact is that nectarines are a great addition to yoghurts, smoothies and shakes. Also, the sliced version of this fruit perfectly complements salads or fruit platters.
Predominantly, nectarines are grown in southern Australia. Victoria may be deemed as a major producing state.
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Even though nectarine production is dominated by the southern states, there are other regions that are involved in production. Some of the major growing regions are the Goulburn Valley, Sunraysia and Young and Orange.
Australia is a net exporter of nectarines. In recent years, there has been an exponential growth in production. As of June 2020, Australia has exported 15,710 tonnes of this fruit. Additionally, 51% of this fresh fruit was exported to China. Preserved peaches are generally imported into the country. In 2020, 7,229 tonnes were brought into Australia.