The pluots have been exceptionally sweet and flavorful this year. What the heck is a pluot?? A pluot is a relatively new fruit (introduced in 1989) that is a complex hybrid of a plum and an apricot. Pluots have high sugar content and a smooth skin, similar to a plum. In fact, they have a higher percentage of plum in their makeup than of apricot. The flavor is super sweet and absolutely fantastic.

Pluots come in several varieties – Dinosaur Eggs, Dapple Dandy, Flavor King, Flavor Queen, Flavor Supreme and Flavor Rosa. My personal favorite is the Flavor King, followed by Flavor Queen and then Dapple Dandy. The season for the pluot peaks in July and August, but you can normally find them in Northern California from May through October. They are a great source of Vitamin A.

Enjoy them raw or try them in a Fresh Fruit Crisp.

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