from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A variety of aromatic peach of ancient origin, having a smooth, waxy skin.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A cultivar of the peach distinguished by the absence of peachfuzz on the skin.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Nectareous.
- n. A smooth-skinned variety of peach.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Sweet or delicious as nectar.
- n. A variety of the common peach, from which its fruit differs only in having a rind devoid of down and a firmer pulp. Both fruits are sometimes found growing on the same tree. See peach.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. variety or mutation of the peach bearing fruit with smooth skin and (usually) yellow flesh
- n. a variety or mutation of the peach that has a smooth skin
Today brought heaps of sweetness: A white nectarine from a gracious, fruit-loving colleague and — best of all — the news that a beloved friend does not need a scary and painful medical procedure.
Johnson says that nectarine is French, but gives no authority.
-- The tropical fruit called the nectarine is really a variety of peach, but it differs from the common peach in that it has a smooth, waxy skin.
The nectarine, which is simply a smooth-skinned peach, does equally well, many varieties bear heavily, and some produce fruit of exceptional merit.
Hence we may confidently accept the common view that the nectarine is a variety of the peach, which may be produced either by bud-variation or from seed.
* The nectarine is a species of peach, but produces fuzz-less fruit.
For thousands of years, the Utopia collection Wenrenmoke salty, there are several varieties of peaches, generally peel and hairy, "nectarine" in pericarp smooth; "peach" fruit is a flat discoid; "almond" is a food nucleolus peach, prolific in Central Asia and Xinjiang, China; "Bi-tao" is the watch spent in peach trees, there are many forms of petals, the Beijing Botanical Garden, there are hundreds of different varieties.
And that for me is the point of the peach and why I hold its qualities above those of the nectarine – the feel of the peach's soft fuzz on lips, the way the skin puckers as I bite, a teasing prelude to the sweet flesh that will follow.
For peach and nectarine "mother" plants, workers remove the petals and pollen-producing anthers of every flower, leaving only the pistil.
Kingsburg sells 10 kinds of peacharines -- a fruit designed to taste like a peach and crunch like a nectarine, but with minimal fuzz on the skin.
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