Thursday, July 31, 2003

What is a pluot you ask? It is a "fruit invented in the late 20th century by Floyd Zaiger. It is a hybrid of plum and apricot, being 75% plum and 25% apricot in parentage."
Varieties include:
Blue Gusto: large, medium sweet, yellow flesh.
Candy Stripe: medium, pink-yellow striped, with very sweet and juicy flesh.
Cherry: small, bright red skin with white flesh.
Dapple Dandy: large sweet with pale green to yellow, red-spotted skin, red or pink juicy flesh.
Flavorella: round, medium-sized, golden-yellow, with sweet and juicy flesh.
Flavor Grenade
Flavor Heart: very large, black with a heart shape, and yellow flesh.
Flavor King: very sweet, medium or large, with red-purple skin and red flesh.
Flavorosa: very sweet or tart, medium-sized, flat round dark-purple fruit with red flesh.
Flavor Prince: large round and purple, with red flesh.
Flavor Rich (flavorich): medium-sweet, large black round fruit with orange flesh.
Flavor Supreme: medium or large, greenish purple skin, juicy red flesh.
Flavor Queen: large light-green to yellow, very juicy.
Frugi: round, purple-green-yellow skin, very juicy and very sweet.
Green: green skin, clear, sweet, juicy flesh.
Hand Grenade: large, oblong shape, sweet and juicy flesh.
Last Chance: large and sweet with green skin and flesh.
Red Ray: medium, bright red with dense, sweet orange flesh.

Pluots, or some varieties, are sometimes called dinosaur eggs. The ones I purchased at the local produce market, which is amazing, have the cutest little stickers on them with an orange dinosaur with blue spots on its back on a blue background. (I'll try to get an image of it up. So cute). The sign next to them called them Dinosaur Eggs. I am usually up for trying various fruits and veggies, since I like almost all of them, so I picked up one to taste. It really is amazing how much flavor they have. Plus, they are also lower in acid than plums, which is good for those who have to watch out for that kind of thing. They sure do have different names! hehe. I like "Flavor Grenade".

This site has some pictures and descriptions of the various varieties as well.
Looking for what to do with your pluot? Try Dapple Dandy soup. Or just eat them as is. Sometimes that's the best way to enjoy fresh produce.

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