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Word of the Day: Nectarine (you tao)

Posted: Monday, May 7, 2012 By Ni Hao Books

The Words of the Day for today is 油桃, yóu táo (nectarine). 油 means oily, and 桃 means peach.

Even though nectarines are originally from China, I do not remember eating one growing up. Guangzhou is known for its abundance of fruits. I remember eating pineapples, coconuts, star fruits, papayas, litchis, and other exotic fruits. Nectarines, however, didn't seem very popular. So when I first saw it here in the US markets, I didn't know the name of it. Upon doing a little research, I found out its name is 油桃.

This name is interesting because 油 means oil, oily. Since nectarines have smooth skin, unlike the fuzzy peaches, they look shinny like they are oily. 桃, because nectarines are technically peaches. They grow from peach trees.

This is a name that's easy to remember because it makes perfect sense. Summer is coming, enjoy the 油桃, and tell your kids its Chinese name!

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