Nectarines are a fruit that has eluded me for years. I am not sure that I ever really ate a nectarine until I was an adult, but now that I have found them, I will never go back to summers without these wonderful treats. Nectarines are a member of the peach family, but unlike peaches, they are smooth skinned. This makes them more difficult to grow since they are without a protective barrier which in turn, makes them more difficult to locate. I recently found a nice lot of perfectly ripe nectarines at a local farmers market and could not resist taking some home (even though I have plently of peaches already preserved this season).