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Q: What is a pluot?
A: Pluots are a member of the stone fruit family. They are a hybrid fruit developed in the late 80’s that are 75% plum and 25% apricot.
- Pluots resemble plums with their smooth skin, shape and texture. They tend to be quite sweet but don’t have the bitter taste you can sometimes find when biting into a plum.
- Select a pluot just as you would a plum. A pluot should be fragrant-smelling and free from blemishes. The fruit should be firm, but give a little to the touch. Avoid pluots that are hard as they may not ripen well. Pluots come in a variety of colors — choose the most vibrant looking fruits among each variety, as those will be the sweetest.
- Store ripe pluots on the counter for up to 3 days or in the refrigerator for up to a week.
- Pluots are wonderful eaten fresh. You can also bake them into pies, crisps, cobblers, tarts and cakes.
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