Peaches are the most loved summer fruit by Italians, as well as a fruit grown in many varieties. Among the many cultivars, nectarines , (or " nectarines "), are characterized by a smooth and thin skin . The pulp, with a crunchy consistency, can be yellow (the most common), white or streaked red, with a more or less sugary and aromatic taste, depending on the variety and the harvesting period.
In addition to Emilia Romagna, other production regions are Puglia (with very early varieties, already from early May), Basilicata, Campania and Sicily. The nectarines are harvested by hand, still unripe to be able to withstand the subsequent processing steps (calibration, selection, conditioning, transport, etc.) To mature them after purchase, just keep them at room temperature in a paper bag for 2-3 days.