Eggs Here in Oregon The Pluot®
in Oregon is like living in the Stone
Age in a lot of ways. We have giant volcanoes, huge fish, ancient trees,
and some of the most incredible stone fruits on the earth. Stone fruit
is fruit with nuts inside such as the peach, nectarine, or apricot.
They are super juicy, dribble-down-your-chin fruit. You may have noticed
there's a new fruit in town.
just any old fruit. It's a unique creation. It's a combination of two
fruits and one that is plum good! Now we have Dinosaur Eggs, one of
the most delightful and relatively new stone fruits.
is it? And how do they come up with something like The Dinosaur Egg,
also known as the Pluot®. Is it genetically engineered? Over the
past few years I have been asked several times about genetically engineered
produce. I have seen no genetically engineered fruit or vegetables.
A genetically engineered piece of fruit would be like crossing a plum
with the genes of a firefly and getting a piece of fruit that glows
in the dark.
is a hybrid. Floyd Zaiger, a California fruit breeder and father of
the Pluot®, wanted to improve on the plumcot: a 50% apricot/50%
plum mixture. He developed the Pluot® with years of hybridization,
painstakingly involving elaborate control of the climate and transferring
the pollen between the trees with an eyebrow brush. Only a few of his
trees produced fruit, but he started to save the seedlings of the ones
with the best flavor. Pluots® take the absolute best qualities from
the plum and the apricot and keep them. This results in a super sweet
delicious piece of fruit. The sugar content of a Pluot® is higher
than that of a plum or an apricot. The complex, intense flavor of the
Pluot® is also unique. It is a lot like the blending of fruit juices
where the mixture is an improvement over any of the separate ingredients.
There are now over 25 varieties of Pluots® sold with names like
Blue Gusto, Candy Stripe, Flavor Grenade, Flavor King, Last Chance,
Red Ray, Hand Grenade, and Dapple Dandy. You can see that the Pluot®
varieties are definitely named because of their intense flavor. The
Pluot® is an incredible treat on a warm summer day and a perfect
walkabout snack. I would take a Pluot® over a plum or apricot any
whose name sounds like a European car, is one of several complex cross
hybrids of a plum and apricot (70% plum/30% apricot). A plumcot is another
hybrid of 50% plum/50% apricot. Finally, there is the Aprium®, which
is not a place in the zoo where apes are kept. An Aprium® is a mix
of 70% apricot /30% plum. An Aprium® is sweeter than both its counterparts
but looks just like an apricot. The plumcot and Pluot® look like
plums, each variety with a different color. Some of the Pluots®
look like dinosaur eggs hence the name. All three of these are
incredibly sweet and juicy. My favorite, and what I wait for each year,
are the dinosaur egg Pluot®.
plumcots, and Apriums® are all high in carbohydrates, low in fat,
and low in calories. They are also a powerhouse of vitamin A, high in
calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, fiber, and free of sodium and cholesterol.
Pluots®, like all fruits, are a great source of vitamin C.
in time and step into the future with one of nature's new perfect snacks,
the Dinosaur Egg, (or Pluot®), plumcot, or Aprium®. Take along
a napkin because they are truly a dribble-down-your-chin juicy sweet
incredible piee of fruit.
Uncle Paul first started working with produce at the age of 14. He owns,
along with his wife Calla, Uncle Pauls European Style Open Air
Produce Market, 2310 SE Hawthorne, 503-484-8612. His specialty is working
with local farmers to bring the freshest, highest quality produce at
the lowest prices to his customers.