Pluots have the initial appearance of a mottled plum. Their colorings range from red-skinned and pale amber-skinned to ruby-fleshed and blazing gold fleshed. The skin is taut and thin, clinging tightly to the fruit’s flesh. Their skin breaths and excretes a film or coating that sits as a residue on the fruit. Most pluot varieties are extremely sweet, often spicy, low-acid fruits with a juicy, chin-dripping tender firm flesh, qualities that the fruit was developed to achieve. When multiple variates of pluots are planted in the same orchard scattered pollination between trees will occur, often times this imparts an enriched flavor to the fruits.
Pluots are available from spring into fall.
Floyd Zaiger developed the original pluot from plum and apricot lineage. Zaiger develops all of his hybrid fruits by hand pollination versus genetic modification. The attention and care taken to create a
Pluots are high in vitamins A and C, potassium, calcium, phosphate and dietary fiber. These nutrients are important for a strong immune system, a healthy digestive system, lowering cholesterol levels, and prevent the negative effects of free radicals. The darker pigmented varieties also provide a rich source of antioxidants.
Pluots are the result of grafting apricot and plumcot trees onto plum tree rootstock. They are not the first ever plum-apricot hybrid to be developed; that distinction is held by the plumcot, a 50/50 blend of plum and apricot. The ratio of hybridization in pluots, though is, by definition, 75% plum and 25% apricot, though it could vary, the rule of thumb is more plum than apricot. The result is a fruit which draws on the best qualities of its parents to create a new fruit perhaps better than its origins – much like technology, improving upon its previous carnation.