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maisonbistro Jul 14, 2008 07:59 AM

So, surprise surprise - I found Plumcots at Loblaws (last year I could only find them at the fruit store in Atwater market, and of course at the finer establishments at the JTM).

If you've never tried these jewels - you must. Dark purple on the outside, skin like an apricot, orangey on the inside, sweet sweet flesh...... Delish.

Now, these fruit concoction are good. Grapples - step away and run. Fast.

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    moh RE: maisonbistro Jul 14, 2008 08:40 AM

    Wow, I did not know you could buy Grapples in Montreal. I've only just read about their existence in "The Fruit Hunters". Yeek. I will run.

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      hungryann RE: moh Jul 14, 2008 12:46 PM

      I've seen grapples since this winter at Loblaws; not horrible but nothing I would buy again.
      Are plumcots the same as pluots (in french)?

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        maisonbistro RE: hungryann Jul 14, 2008 01:06 PM

        Ugh - the grapples I tried were nothing more than perfumed apples. They had nothing in common with grapes.

        The plumcots are dark purple whereas the pluots - to my knowledge are greenish/yellow? And the plumcots, shapewise look much more like an apricot than a plum They are DELICIOUS (as are pluots by the way) - but I might be biased because I haven't met a summer fruit that I didn't like.

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          carswell RE: maisonbistro Jul 14, 2008 01:36 PM

          The stickers on the ones I got at ExoFruits earlier this week called them "black velvet apricots." It was the apricot part that got me; I've yet to encounter a decent apricot in Montreal, but these looked appealing: peach fuzzy and firm but springy and yielding, not rock hard like so much stone fruit we see. Unfortunately, the flavour while very good and tangy, and the texture, juicy and unmealy, are more plum than apricot like, not a plus in my books. Raw plums don't excite me, though cooked ones do, and I'm sure these BVAs would make a lovely tart for the very well-heeled.

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            swissfoodie RE: carswell Jul 14, 2008 04:33 PM

            Having made numerous desserts with BVA, I can attest to their worthiness. I find them exceptional with gooseberries in crumbles made with hazelnuts.

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        carswell RE: moh Jul 14, 2008 01:43 PM

        Have to agree with hungryann and maisonbistro on the grapples. Industrial apples infused with industrial grape juice (probably to increase the appeal to kids, I'd guess), wastefully packaged and horribly overpriced. A perfect example of the failings of modern-day North American agri-food business: grow produce that's deficient in flavour, then flavour it industrially and/or artificially. If you're going to run, consider doing so in the opposite direction...

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