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What is That?!?

Over the past few years, you may have noticed something different in our produce department. Familiar, yet strange; appealing, yet mysterious. It appears at summertime, and it usually takes up residence near the more common summer favorites, such as peaches and nectarines. Upon closer inspection, the corresponding sign may have crazy sounding names: Flavorosa, Emerald Drop, Flavor Penguin(!), Geo Pride. The common factor in all of those crazy names is that they are all pluots, a fun and sometimes beautiful summer stone fruit.

Pluots have been around since the late 20th century, and are a cross of roughly 75% plum and 25% apricot. They have been described as having the flavor of a plum with the mouth feel of an apricot. Pluots come in various colors on the outside as well as the inside. They can have even coloration on the outer skin or a mottled look. With all of their finite differences, we have come to a consensus in the produce department that we are currently carrying our favorites, Dapple Dandy pluots (also an amazing name). A common nickname for these guys is “dinosaur eggs”, and one look and you can see why. They are a light, pinkish red on the outside with vibrant, almost beet-like, crimson hue to the flesh. They are sweet, tart, juicy, succulent, and super tasty fruit that need to be a regular addition to your summer snacking. Stop by the produce department and ask for a sample today.