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Pluots, Plumcots, & Plumots

Have you ever heard of this fruit? My mother, sister and I were walking Jackamo around the Dallas Farmer's Market a few weekends ago and a hispanic farmer reached out to us with a slice of this ruby red fruit he kept calling a Pluot. He told us its a mix between a plum and an apricot, and being a fan of both, I tried it.

Cheaper in the grocery stores than peaches and cherries, at 88c a pound yesterday, I didn't pass these up when I saw that they were selling Plumcots. I figured these might be the same juicy jewels I tried at the famer's market a few weeks back.

The variety I found at the store is called the Dapple Dandy Pluot. It has a pink skin with golden green freckles all over it. If you look at the skin closely, it almost seems metallic or pearlized. It really is quite beautiful.
Dapple Dandy. Yom.

The pluot was created by Fruit Genetic Specialist Floyd Zaiger. Floyd Zaiger from what I read, is most famous for making the designer fruit Kiwi. If you wanna read more about Floyd Zaiger, you can find the article here. Wikipedia says that the Pluot is an interspecies Plum and Apricot cross pollinated together to form the juicy fruit. I've found that these are superior to plums because of the skin having no bitterness at all like plums generally have.

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