Pluot® and Aprium® Fruit Facts and Information
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Pluots® and Apriums® are "interspecifics" - complex hybrids of plum and
apricot. Pluots (sometimes called Dinosaur Eggs) have predominantly plum
parentage and smooth skins like plums. With their scant fuzz, Apriums resemble
apricots in the expression of their 'cot parentage.
The complex, intense flavor of Pluots and Apriums is unique to interspecifics,
much like a blend of fruit juices where the mixture is an improvement over any
of the separate ingredients. Additionally, the sugar content of our interspecifics
is much higher than in standard plums or apricots, yielding fruit of
incomparable sweetness. (Pluot and Aprium are registered trademarks of
Zaiger Genetics, Modesto, California.)
Should be plump with consistent skin color and firm texture. Avoid soft spots
or that are green in color.
How to Enjoy:
Wash fruit carefully in cool water before using. Use in sauces or as a
sweetener. Bake them into breads or use them sliced in salads.
Pluots and Apriums are one of the best natural sources of vitamin A, which is
essential for healthy skin and mucous membranes.
How to Store:
To ripen, place them in a closed paper bag at room temperature. Store ripe
fruit in the crisper bin of the refrigerator for one to two days.
· Low fat
· Saturated fat-free
· High in vitamin A
· High in vitamin C
· A good source of potassium