What are Pluots, Apriums, and Dino Eggs?
You may have noticed at your local grocery store or farmer’s market a peculiar arrangement of plums, some spotted, others green, and even fuzzy ones. That’s because those aren’t plums; some are considered pluots, while others are apriums.
So you may be asking, “What is a pluot?” and “Furthermore, what’s an aprium?” It’s actually quite simple.
A pluot is a cross between a plum and an apricot, and so is an aprium.
A pluot has a higher ratio of plum characteristics, while an aprium is higher in apricot characteristics.
The main point: THIS FRUIT IS BEYONCÉ DELICIOUS.
Now before you get overly concerned with these Frankenstein fruits, let me point out that they are not genetically modified mutant fruit, they’re cross-pollinated by hand, and the modification is completely natural.
There are dozens of varieties in the pluot/aprium family, all with amazing names like Dapple Dandy, Cot-N-Candy, Flavor Penguin, and Geo Pride. They’re typically very sweet with high sugar content, and they’re wonderfully juicy. I had my first pluot a few years back and have sought them out every summer; their harvest time is May through October.
Varieties of Pluots
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One of the most well known types of pluot is called a Dino Egg for its speckled colored skin. Their insides are red and juicy, softer than a plum’s meat and sweeter than an apricot’s.
How to Use a Pluot
Pluots are a lot like plums, so you can add them to recipes in a similar way. They’re great as topper for a salad, in cocktails, or used as a preserve.
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