Last week while I was perusing the various fruits and vegetables on sale at a local supermarket I spotted a display of pinkish-red fruits called pluots. It was the first time I had heard of this type of fruit and I immediately became curious as to how they tasted.
A small sign attached to the pluot display explained that the fruit was a hybrid or cross between a plum and an apricot and that pluots were also sometimes called dinosaur eggs and plumicots. The sign also stated that the fruit is a good source of Vitamins A and C as well as potassium.
As I continued with my grocery shopping I kept thinking about the pluots and ended up going back to the produce section to purchase two pieces of the unusually named fruit. As it turns out I’m glad that I did so.
When I was paying for my purchases at the store’s front end the clerk who was manning the cash register remarked about the pluots as he was scanning them. He said that he and his wife had been eating pluots for some time now and that his wife occasionally used them for making jams and jellies.
The store clerk told me that the pinkish-red pluots I purchased were just the right color and amount of ripeness to experience pluots at their peak of freshness and flavor.
He went on to tell me that the fruit should ideally be fairly firm in texture with no soft spots and that they should be pink to red in color with no green spots.
Later that night when I was at home I decided to try eating one of the pluots. Upon first bite I thought that the fruit tasted a little bit tart or sour but within a couple of seconds the tartness was replaced with a sense of sweetness that was almost intense in nature.
Besides offering a very sweet flavor I noticed right away that the pluot I was eating was very juicy, even juicier than the average plum. When I ate it I didn’t expect it to be so juicy and I was pleasantly surprised even though the fruit juices dripped onto my shirt.
To my tastebuds pluots taste more like plums than apricots. As I was eating one of the pluots I noticed that the fruit’s flavor was also somewhat similar to that of cherries. By the time I finished eating the pluot I had become a real fan of the hybrid fruit.
With the second pluot that I purchased I put slices of it on top of some vanilla ice cream and the flavor combination was delicious. Now I would like to taste a pie made with a filling combination of pluots and apples. I’ll bet it would taste great.
If you’re a fan of plums and/or apricots or if you enjoy trying new foods, please let me recommend that you try eating some pluots. You just might discover that you really like eating this sweet and juicy hybrid fruit.
Personal experience with the fruit