The title of this article may surprise you.
Most grocery stores might give you two or three different nectarine varieties to choose from, but there are thousands of them on the market.
Some varieties of nectarines are rarely produced because they are not all that profitable or effective.
Some nectarines are better than others when it comes to taste and the ability to use them in recipes.
The great news is that most nectarines are great tasting and can offer you a delicious treat.
If you are curious about some of the different types of nectarines on the market, we have pulled together 56 of the most popular types for you to see.
Each of these is unique, but you would have to be a true expert to tell some of them apart.
56 Types Of Nectarines
1. Arctic Rose Nectarine
The first one on the list is one of the larger nectarine choices on the market.
You will be able to harvest the Arctic Rose in the middle of the season, so these are fairly quick to bear fruit.
The outside of the nectarines is going to be a yellow color with a few patches of red, a bit lighter than what you might consider from a typical nectarine.
The inside is white, and as you will notice, with many nectarines, it is very sweet.
2. Arctic Star Nectarine
Just like the Arctic Rose, the Arctic Star is also a large nectarine variety.
The Arctic Star grows very quickly and will be ready to harvest even before the Arctic Rose.
If you can pair some of the mid- and early-season nectarines, you can end up having a supply of fruit all season long.
3. Desert Dawn Nectarine
The Desert Dawn is not the largest nectarine you can find.
However, something about the small size and the bright red exterior makes this a perfect nectarine for cooking desserts.
The inside of the Desert Dawn is yellow, a bit darker than some of the white varieties.
4. Double Delight Nectarine
Double Delight will tell you quite a bit about it when you simply read the name of the fruit.
The double delight is one of the sweetest nectarine varieties out there.
Considering that we are talking about nectarines, this says quite a bit!
The flesh of the double delight will be pure yellow color.
5. Fairlane Nectarine
The Fairlane Nectarine is a great choice to pair with one of the early-season nectarines.
This one takes a while to be ready to harvest, but once it does, you will be glad you have some Fairlanes in your yard.
The Fairlane is a yellow fruit, but you will see the traditional red nectarine color flowing through the yellow.
Inside, the meat of the fruit is going to be a bright yellow.
6. Fantasia Nectarine
The Fantasia nectarine is one of the more popular varieties.
You will find this to be a great-tasting fruit with lots of red and yellow streaks throughout.
This is a variety that you will likely find in your grocery stores as it is very commonly grown.
7. Fire Bright Nectarine
The Fire Bright Nectarines are grown in California.
The California area offers a great climate for growing sweet-tasting fruit such as this.
You will notice that the Fire Bright is quite large, and it has a smooth and juicy texture to it.
This is one you will want to try if you live in the California area and see them growing.
8. Fire Sweet Nectarine
If we didn’t mention it with the Fire Bright, the Fire Sweet is going to be very bright red in color.
The Fire name comes from the bright color that these Fire Sweet Nectarines offer.
In addition, the Fire Sweet is a bit sweeter than the Fire Bright.
9. Flavortop Nectarine
Sticking with these famous California nectarines, the next one on the list is the Flavortop.
The Flavortop is a bright red variety that will be about medium in size.
You will notice that this particular variety has streaks of red throughout the fruit as well as on the outside of the fruit.
10. Gold Mine Nectarine
If you find a tree filled with Gold Mine Nectarines, you will quickly realize how they got their name.
These delicious treats will make you entirely happy that you are a Gold Mine Nectarine tree owner.
The inside of the Gold Mine is a white color, and the outside is a yellow and red mix that makes it look almost a little orange.
11. Heavenly White Nectarine
If you have never had a full white nectarine, you should really give it a try.
The Heavenly White nectarine is white on the outside as well as the inside.
The texture and flavor of this particular model make it a favorite for many fruit lovers.
The heavenly white nectarines bloom later in the season, so you can look for them later on in the year when you need a special treat.
12. Independence Nectarine
The Independence Nectarine is large, and it is oval-shaped.
You will find these ready to eat in the late summer.
They are going to have a very similar red and yellow outside with mostly yellow flesh.
The Independence Nectarine is known for having a very large pit, so make sure you purchase enough of these to feel full.
13. John Rivers Nectarine
The John Rivers Nectarine is unique in both look and flavor.
You will be able to pick this one out rather quickly because it is white with just some pink dots on the skin.
In addition, the inside of the fruit also has a bit of green in it.
When you look at the inside of a John Rivers Nectarine, it will almost look as though it is not ripe, but as long as the nectarine feels soft on the outside, it is ripe.
14. June Glo Nectarine
June Glo gets its name from the fact that you will see these glowing in your trees in the early summer.
This is one of the earliest varieties of nectarine to bloom.
The flesh of the June Glo is yellow in color, and the outside is going to be a mix of both yellow and red.
15. Le Grand Nectarine
Le Grand Nectarines are some of the largest that you can find.
When you compare this nectarine to similar ones, you will immediately notice the larger size.
The inside of the Le Grand is very close to an orange color, making it one of the darkest when it comes to the internal fruit of this one.
16. Liz’s Late Nectarine
Some people are known for being late to the party and Liz is one of them!
Liz’s Late Nectarine is one of the last to produce, bearing fruit very late in the season.
You can expect a reasonably large size fruit with a mix of yellow and red from Liz’s Late Nectarine.
One of the things that people like about Liz’s Late Nectarine is that it is not overly sweet.
17. May Grand Nectarine
If you are in a hurry to get some fruit quickly, the May Grand is the way to go.
This is a yellow and red fruit, and it is known for its smooth skin and very sweet flavor.
The best thing about this plant is that you will get your fruit rather quickly.
18. Mericrest Nectarine
The Mericrest Nectarine is one of the mid-season options that will provide a great harvest and lots of flavor.
Mericrest is a classic Nectarine variety that has been around for a number of years.
It’s a good idea to plant these as your main source of fruit and then fill in with other late and early varieties.
The great thing about knowing the timing of these different varieties is that you can build your crop so that it allows you to have fruit all season long.
It’s tough when all of your fruit comes in at the same time.
19. Moon Grand Nectarine
When you first look at a Moon Grand Nectarine, you will notice that it is almost as red as an apple.
One of the ways you can tell this apart is that the Moon Grand has a bit of an elongated shape.
There is no mistaking these in the trees with their bright red color.
On the inside of the Moon Grand, you will find some more yellow and red than other nectarines have.
20. Morton Nectarine
A Morton Nectarine is one that you will likely see in your store, and it should be relatively easy to pick out.
The Morton is one of the smallest nectarine varieties.
The outside is very red, and the inside is very white on the Morton Nectarine.
This is a unique combination that is not often seen.
Most of the time, the inside of the nectarine is going to at least resemble the outside when it comes to color, but with the Morton, this is not the case.
21. Nectar Babe Nectarine
The Nectar Babe is a variety that looks very similar to a peach.
As soon as you bite into a Nectar Babe, you will know that you are dealing with a nectarine.
The smooth skin and unique taste make this a very popular variety of nectarine.
These are mid-season bloomers, so they will be another good staple crop.
22. Necta Zee Nectarine
The Necta Zee Nectarine is an option that has a rather long harvest season.
You can harvest these through the early and middle parts of the year.
The red color on the outside and the bright yellow on the inside will help the Necta Zee stand out among other nectarines.
23. Nectared 2 Nectarine
The next several options on our list are each part of the Nectared variety of Nectarines.
These are going to have some similarities, but each one is its own unique type.
The Nectared 2 is known for being a bit firm with a primarily red skin.
24. Nectared 4 Nectarine
The Nectared 4 is another option that is going to be very firm.
The firmness of a Nectared 4 Nectarine makes it a great choice for those who don’t enjoy a mushy fruit.
Some people consider the Nectared 4 to be the best tasting of the nectarine varieties.
25. Nectared 5 Nectarine
The Nectared 5 is another firm and tasty variety of Nectarine.
One of the things you will notice about this particular type is that it is hard to find.
Some of the Nectared models are more durable and sturdier than others.
If the growing conditions aren’t perfect, you will notice an instant decrease in the availability of the Nectared 5 type of nectarine.
26. Nectared 6 Nectarine
The Nectared 6 Nectarine is a standard size option that is going to be readily available to find.
This is what you would consider your classic nectarine with a yellow and red skin and a yellow inside.
This is an excellent tasting nectarine available in just the perfect size.
27. Nectared 8 Nectarine
Moving along with the Nectared variety of Nectarines is the Nectared 8.
With the Nectared 8, you are still going to get that firm texture to the fruit.
This particular option is redder than some of the others in this variety of nectarine.
You can see a bit of yellow and green under the red, but it is primarily red.
Some will say this is one of the better-looking types of nectarines out there.
28. Nectared 9 Nectarine
The last of the Nectared series is the Nectared 9.
Nothing will have changed about the firmness, but the most significant difference you are going to see is the color.
The Nectared 9 is a bright red color on the outside.
The inside is yellow with some splashes of red.
One of the things that makes this one unique is the space around the Nectared 9 and the interior pit.
You will easily be able to pop the seed out and eat just the fruit.
29. Panamint Nectarine
The Panamint Nectarine is a bright red nectarine from California.
With this option, you are going to get a medium-sized fruit that is very easy to recognize.
If you live in California, you are going to want to seek these nectarines out and have some.
30. Pioneer Nectarine
The Pioneer is an older nectarine variety that is known for being yellow both on the outside and the inside of the fruit.
With the Pioneer Nectarine, you will get a medium-sized thin-skinned fruit that will mature in the middle of the season.
This is a tasty option that has quite a bit of sweet flavor.
31. Red June Nectarine
The Red June Nectarine is a little different when it comes to flavor.
Most of the options on our list so far have been of a sweeter variety, but the Red June has some more acid to its taste.
Some people like these when you are making marinades with them.
The acid can help to make for a delicious salsa or meat marinade.
32. Rhone Gold Nectarine
Rhone Gold Nectarines are very large nectarines.
These nectarines are going to have a primarily yellow color to them and be very sweet tasting.
If you are looking for a high yield on a piece of fruit, this is a good choice to consider.
33. Ruby Grand Nectarine
You don’t get a name like Ruby Grand unless you are both large and red.
This is one of the largest and reddest nectarines that you can find on the market.
In addition, these nectarines taste great.
34. Silver Lode Nectarine
With the Silver Lode, you will find a very light-colored flesh inside of your nectarine.
The outside is a bit lighter than other varieties, and this a small nectarine overall, but it has a very strong and excellent taste.
35. Snow Queen Nectarine
The Snow Queen is a large variety of nectarine, and you will find that it gives you some white flesh in the center of the fruit.
We love that this variety is going to produce fruit so early in the season.
36. Southern Belle Nectarine
The Southern Belle is a variety that you can find growing in the south.
Since these often look like bells growing on a tree, the Southern Belle is a very appropriate name for these nectarines.
These are known for having an excellent taste and excellent texture as well.
37. Stanwick Nectarine
The Stanwick Nectarine will stand out not because of its dark color but because of its light color.
You will notice that this option is a white and green color that stands out and looks almost as though it is not ripe.
However, these Stanwick Nectarines pack a lot of flavor for being lighter in color.
38. Stark Red Gold Nectarine
The Stark Red Gold Nectarine is very large in size, and it is round as well.
If you are looking for a very strong nectarine flavor in the fruit, this is an excellent choice to consider.
The Stark Red Gold has a strong and distinct taste.
39. Stark Sunglo Nectarine
The Stark Sunglo is a bit smaller than the Stark Red Gold.
The color is also various shades of red, and it is overall a more yellow or orange look.
40. Stribling Giant Free Nectarine
The Stribling Giant Free is a very large size Nectarine.
There are other varieties of the Stribling that are not quite as large as these giant varieties.
The overall taste of the Stribling Giant Free is very sweet and enjoyable, and more people find it a perfect mid-season nectarine.
41. Stribling Giant White Nectarine
The Stribling Giant White is similar to the Stribling Giant Free when it comes to size, but the coloring is much different.
This is going to be white both on the outside and the inside of the nectarine.
The overall flavor of the white nectarines is usually incredibly sweet and enjoyable.
42. Sun Grand Nectarine
The Sun Grand has quite a few things about it that make it grand.
The first is the size, and the other is the flavor.
This is a variety that has a large pit, but with the size of this oval-shaped fruit, you still have plenty of nectarines to eat.
43. Sun Mist Nectarine
Sun Mist is another southern variety of nectarines.
As long as these are kept in warm temperatures for most of the year, you will find that they will produce quite well.
The Sun Mist Nectarines have great flavor and are certainly worth trying.
44. Sunraycer Nectarine
One of the reasons you may find the Sunraycer in your local stores is that it is resistant to many diseases.
If you are living in an area where the temperature varies, there are very often issues with diseases that nectarines can get.
The Sunraycer is highly tolerant of these diseases and can get through a difficult season.
45. Sun Red Nectarine
Sun Red nectarines are small, but they are great tasting.
You will be able to recognize these by their very bright red color and tiny shape.
Be sure to buy extra of these when you are at the store because they will not be there for long.
46. Sun Grand 2W68W Nectarine
These are a newer variety of nectarine that have some great flavor and unique texture.
You will enjoy everything that this nectarine has to offer, and it is plenty big enough in size as well.
47. Arctic Jay Nectarine
The Arctic Jay is a lighter color nectarine that is medium in size.
You will see that the inside of the fruit is mostly white, and the outside has both pink and white tones to it.
The Arctic Jay is a very popular version of the Nectarine and one you will likely see in stores.
48. Armking Nectarine
The Armking Nectarine is an exciting fruit because it will grow in several different styles.
Some people will think that Armking Nectarine is damaged, but it is just that these do not grow all that consistently.
Keep this in mind if you are harvesting this type of nectarine, and you want to ensure that you are not wasting any of the fruit.
49. Early Sungrand Nectarine
If you want to see what a perfect oval looks like, look for the Early Sungrand Nectarine.
The Early Sungrand is a bright red color with lots of yellow flesh on the inside.
This is a great-tasting nectarine that should not be hard to find.
50. Sun Home Nectarine
Many of the varieties of nectarines that we have looked at are going to grow best in California.
However, there are still others that enjoy the southern states as well.
The Sun Home Nectarine grows best in areas like Florida and Georgia, where they can handle a bit of cool temperatures throughout the year as well.
The Sun Home Nectarines will be a very popular option to purchase commercially in the southern states.
51. Silver Gem
A silver gem is a medium-sized nectarine, and it is one of the white-fleshed variety nectarines.
With the white flesh varieties, you will find that the nectarines tend to have an even sweeter flavor, and that is certainly the case with the Silver Gem.
Many people believe this is one of the best-tasting options on the market.
One of the exciting things that scientists are experimenting with using the Silver Gem is seeing how much of the nectarine they can turn to a red flesh.
52. Brigantine™ NJN 102
The Brigantine is a newer nectarine variety, and it has a slightly acidic flavor.
The people who eat these feel as though the nectarine is melting in their mouths.
One of the reasons this variety was created is that it is a strong producer.
You will find that you will get quite a few nectarines from one tree with this variety in place.
Another great thing about the Brigantine is that they are hardy when it comes to resisting disease.
These don’t have much trouble when it comes to keeping bacteria away, and overall, this is a very strong producer and excellent tasting option.
53. Silverglo™ NJN 103
Another new variety of nectarine is the Silverglo™.
This is an extensive fruit and a great-looking option for a white nectarine.
You will notice that this is a very acidic nectarine, and it has a pinkish-red color.
The Silverglo is also resistant to disease and bacteria, which is a common trend among the newer varieties of nectarine.
When new varieties are created, the concept is to make them a better choice than previous options.
Certainly, that seems to be the case with these Silverglo fruits.
A Clingstone is a variety of nectarine that can be any of a number of different types.
With the clingstone, you will notice that the inside of the nectarine is attached to the pit or the center of the fruit.
When you hear the center of the fruit or the pit referred to as the stone, that is fairly typical for nectarines.
Some will say that these types of nectarines are complicated to eat because they don’t simply separate from the center.
You will have to decide what you enjoy eating and whether or not the mess is something you are up for.
These are also the nectarines where the strings sometimes get caught between your teeth.
The Redgold is a large nectarine that comes from a tree that will produce a large number of nectarines in a year.
The Redgold is going to be a mix of both red and gold colors, and it typically is quite bright as well.
These are going to be very sweet nectarines, and because of the size, there is a lot that you can do with them.
If you are making a dessert and want to ensure you have enough food for all at the party, this is a good variety to look for.
Last but certainly not least on our list is the Zephyr.
This is a white-fleshed nectarine that is very large.
In addition, the tree that produces the Zephyr is a quick producer and will leave you with more fruit than you may know what to do with.
Although you may not have access to all of these nectarine varieties this year, the Zephyr is one to look out for.
Although you may be a bit shocked by the number of nectarine varieties, it is actually a great benefit if you are a fruit eater.
Getting to choose between all of these delicious options is not something to take for granted.
Overall, the goal of eating 56 different types of nectarines is probably going to be difficult to accomplish.
We recommend taking advantage of planting a few of these if you live in an area where they will grow.
This way, you can be sure you will have early-, mid-, and late-season crops from your trees.