A nectarine is a type of fruit that belongs to the rose family. It is similar to a peach, but it has a smooth and shiny skin instead of a fuzzy one. Nectarines are usually sweet and juicy, and they come in different colors, such as white, yellow, or red. Nectarines are rich in nutrients, such as vitamin C, potassium, copper, and niacin. They also have antioxidants that may protect against diseases and aging. Nectarines can be eaten fresh or cooked in various dishes, such as pies, jams, or salads. Nectarines are thought to have originated in China more than 4,000 years ago, and they are now grown in many parts of the world.