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Aug 29, 2007 07:43 AM

Are dinosaur egg plums and pluots one and the same?


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  1. Dinosaur eggs are a variety of pluot (and thus shouldn't be called Dinosaur egg "plums").

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      1. re: Ruth Lafler

        tell that to the good folks at Harris-Teeter (and a lot of other markets, I suspect).

        1. re: Bob W

          Like you can explain anything to the geniuses who mark things .99 cents a pound.

      2. Dinosaur egg are one variety of pluots, there are others.

        And apriums and plumcots, just to complicate matters.

        1. There are various crosses, some 25% plum/75% apricot (generally aprium), some the reverse ratio (generally pluot), some in between. Then you have red plums vs yellow plums crossed w/ apricots, and the possibilites for hybrids expand even more.

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                  1. re: srcusa

                    Yes, but that isn't bred, it's flavored.

                    "Grapples start out as Fuji apples"

          1. Pluot® and Aprium® Fruit Facts Page Information
            Availability by variety

            Pluots® and Apriums® are "interspecifics" - complex hybrids of plum and apricot. Pluots (sometimes called Dinosaur Eggs) have predominantly plum parentage and smooth skins like plums. With their scant fuzz, Apriums resemble apricots in the expression of their 'cot parentage.

            The complex, intense flavor of Pluots and Apriums is unique to interspecifics, much like a blend of fruit juices where the mixture is an improvement over any of the separate ingredients. Additionally, the sugar content of our interspecifics is much higher than in standard plums or apricots, yielding fruit of incomparable sweetness. (Pluot and Aprium are registered trademarks of Zaiger Genetics, Modesto, California.)

            Should be plump with consistent skin color and firm texture. Avoid soft spots or that are green in color. How to Enjoy:
            Wash fruit carefully in cool water before using. Use in sauces or as a sweetener. Bake them into breads or use them sliced in salads.

            Special Tip:
            Pluots and Apriums are one of the best natural sources of vitamin A, which is essential for healthy skin and mucous membranes.

            How to Store:
            To ripen, place them in a closed paper bag at room temperature. Store ripe fruit in the crisper bin of the refrigerator for one to two days.

            Nutritional Facts:
            · Low fat
            · Saturated fat-free
            · Sodium-free
            · Cholesterol-free
            · High in vitamin A
            · High in vitamin C
            · A good source of potassium