Sunday, August 14, 2011


I was recently speaking to my brother on the phone and plums came up. From there, I mentioned Plutos and my brother said he had no idea what those were! I was shocked. I've been enjoying these every Summer for the past few years. They are so delicious and tasty - I look forward to them coming into season every year.

So what are Pluots?

According to Wikipedia (I would never use this as a reference for a paper or anything, but it has tons of useful information!), a Pluot "is a tradename for varieties of interspecific plum or plumcot developed in the late 20th century by Floy Zaiger. "Pluot" is a register trademark of Zaiger's Genetics. Like the, it is a complex cross hybid of plum and apricot. The pluot exhibits more plum-like traits than the aprium, and is also call an interspecific of IS plum.

The fruit's exterior has smooth skin closely resembling that of a plum. Pluots are noted for their sweetness, their intense flavor, and very juicy pulp. Pluots are also rich in vitamin A."

As mentioned on the Wikipedia page, there are many varieties of pluots. I've been lucky to have multiple kinds and have loved every one! Like I said before - they are SO sweet and VERY juicy!

While buying my weekly groceries yesterday, I picked up two different kinds of pluots. I'm not positive on the variety of them because they weren't listed at the market, but I'm guessing they are the Dapple Dandy aka Dinosaur Egg and Flavor Queen varieties.  

Dapple Dandy aka Dinosaur Egg

Flavor Queen

In addition to the pluots, I got a lot of other fruit, but only one other thing that many people probably haven't seen, let alone tried: Rambutan.  I turn to Wikipedia again to explain this amazing fruit!

The rambutan is a medium-sized tropical tree in the family Sapindacae  and the fruit of this tree. It is native to Indonesia, The Phillipines, Sri Lanka, Malaysi and elsewhere in Southeast Asia, although its precise natural distribution is unknown. It is closely related to several other edible tropical fruits including the Lychee, Longan and Mamoncillo. It is believed to be native to the Malay Archipelago, from where it spread westwards to Thailand, Burma, Sri Lanka and India; eastwards to Vietnam, the Philippines and Indonesia. The name rambutan is from the Indonesia word rambutan, which literally means hairy caused by the 'hair' that covers this fruit."

The "hairy" outside.

The delicious inside!

1 comment:

  1. This Rambutan fruit is soooooo weird and looks even weirder on the inside!

    -Elvira :)