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Aprium vs Pluot

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Why? One's a plum apricot hybrid and the other's an apricot plum hybrid? What's the difference? I remember hearing that there was, but I'm damned if I can remember what or why. Thanks for the info!

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  1. Pluots look like plums and apriums look like apricots? I don't know, horticulturally, what the story is. One probably leans towards pluminess and one, perhaps, leans towards apricotliness.

    1. I think it is something like that--the important thing is that they definitely taste different. So if you see both do a comparison and post back re your preference!

      1. An aprium is a plum/apricot hybrid that is more like an apricot than a plum. A pluot is a plum/apricot hybrid that is more like a plum than an apricot.

        1. The man who invented these fruits is Floyd Zaiger. You can find out more about his frit breeding work by starting here:


          Das Ubergeek has it right for the most part. Although there are dozens of different varietals along these lines. Ted Loewen of Blossom Bluff Orchards grows and sells more of Zaiger's varietals than any other farmer bring fruit to farmer's markets in the Bay Area.

          1. i've only ever seen these frankenfruit described as a pluot, but after picking up a bagful of them i found that if they looked more like a plum on the outside (deeper purple skin) then it tasted more like an apricot on the inside and vice versa with with lighter tinted skin and plum flavours.

            they're absolutely beautiful with the contrast in colours.

            1. Ditto on Das Ubergeek post. I work for a pluot grower so here's a little more background: "Frankenfruit" is a little harsh - we're not talking GMO here, it's simple cross-pollenization. It's the same thing that bees do in nature but done by hand in a controlled way. A tree that is pure 50/50 cross of plum and apricot is a plumcot. When a plumcot is crossed with plum pollen, the result is a pluot. When a plumcot is crossed with apricot pollen, the result is an aprium. There are far more varieties of pluots than apriums. Different varieties have different skin colors, flesh colors and flavors. Each variety lasts for just a couple of weeks before a new variety is harvested.
              Hope this is helpful.

              1. Sorry but the Aprium looks like a plum, Black color but wih a fuzzy skin. Not a freestone like Apricots. More like a plum with an Apricot taste. Wonderful!!!!

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                1. re: clarkkent24

                  They really run the gambit in appearance and Freestone or not. Almost all are delicious!