What Is a Pluot?

Apr 30, 2015 at 3:49 pm |

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.

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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.


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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Dapple Supreme #pluot

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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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Pluot jam XD Pretty purple pomona pectin pluot jam. Might just be heaven in a jar

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Have you discovered pluots and apriums yet? How do you use them? Share your recipes with us!

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