This fine fruit may be described simply as a smooth-skinned peach, yet as stated in Section 187 of Part 1 it is an ancient fruit in Centra] Asia, and it is probable that it was originally a smooth-skinned variety of the peach so fixed in Central Asia that it reproduced the peculiarity from the pits, as the writer saw tons of the dried fruit brought in from Central Asia to the Nishni-Novgorod Fair. But in our day varieties of nectarine have been grown from pits of the Persian race of peaches. The fruit is grown in the middle States and South, but it cannot be said that it is commercial anywhere on a large scale except in California, where the fruit is almost exclusively used for canning and drying. The white-fleshed varieties are mainly used, as they do not color the syrups in canning. The propagation and management in all respects are the same as the peach.