The fine fruit was once supposed to be a good species, as it seems to have been an anciently cultivated fruit. At the great commercial fair at Nishni Novgorod we saw tons of the fruit in fresh and dried form brought in by merchants from central Asia, and we were told that this had been a commercial product since the Fair was started, four hundred years ago. Kegel says of the nectarines of central Asia: "The smooth-skinned nectarines of this region, among which are the smaller yellow varieties, and very large red-cheeked ones, are of unusually fine flavor and melting flesh; but they are equalled by the nectarines of Samarcand. There are also small, sweet, yellow kinds which stand half-way between the rough-coated and smooth-coated peaches. These grow in the exposed region of Vaendsh."
It is now known that nectarines can be developed from the peach by bud variation and peaches have been produced in the same way from the nectarine.
The nectarine is grown on the west coast for drying and canning, and in peach centres and most neighborhoods of the South it is grown in a small way. But it is nowhere a commercial product, except in east Europe and central Asia. In all respects it is propagated and managed the same as the peach.