Prunus persica var. nucipersica
With reddish smooth skin and yellow flesh, nectarines are the result of a natural mutation in peaches. In Brazil, the tree usually starts to bear fruit at the end of October and, therefore, nectarines are usually associated with year-end celebrations. The consumption is limited mainly to the South and Southeast regions, where they are also cultivated. Rio Grande do Sul accounts for almost half of national production. Besides being served fresh, they can be used to prepare compotes, juices, fruit salads, and preserves.