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Great find!! - California Black Velvet Apricots at Costco.

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Super juicy and sweet! This 'limited time' delicacy is definitely one of my favorite summer fruit anywhere! However, due to their usually expensive price ( at least $4.99 pp from Longo's...etc ), I seldom splurge on them, until today!!

Found them at Costco for an unbelievable price of only $7.99 for 3 lbs!!! ( 21 morsels ). Perfect condition!

So excited, I gobbled down 3 instantly, once I got home!! So very juicy, sweet and gooooood!!!

Such bargain!! Get them whilst they last!!! Good Luck!!

 
 
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  1. I found these beautiful and delicious apricots at a local fruit/vegetable market in Northern NJ.

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    1. re: jpr54_1

      I have never even heard of these. I'm going to go to Costco this week and get some. Thanks Charles :)

      1. re: kwass

        Billy Bishop/North York Costco has them. just bought some.
        cant wait to try.

        1. re: Flexitarian

          I wasnt that impressed by them. I would rather have plums or apricots

    2. The look like plums. At the most they are plumcots or more likely pluots. but I dunno. Plumcots -pluots are an apricot -plum hybrid.
      Plumcots-pluots are a bore until really, really ripe. Then they are good, but no improvement over the parents.

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      1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

        I also thought that they looked like plums. So what do they taste like...a plum or an apricot?

        1. re: kwass

          Mostly like a plum

          1. re: Mila

            Thanks Mila!

            1. re: kwass

              Lol, but a really good plum that squirts juice all over your shirt when you bite it.

              1. re: Mila

                Well now I'm excited again!! Thank you for that added bit of info Mila. That was the motivation I needed after finding out that it was more like a plum.

                1. re: Mila

                  Good description Mila!
                  However, I would like to change yours to ' really good AND VERY SWEET plum'. With a velvety texture, rather than smooth skin.
                  Conclusion: Taste like a very juicy, less dense flesh and super sweet plum but with skin texture like an apricot!!

                  1. re: Charles Yu

                    Ok...if I wasn't convinced before, I definitely am now :)
                    Costco, here I come!

          2. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

            These are WAY, WAY better than Plumcots-pluots!! Hence the difference in price too!!

          3. The Queen's Quay Loblaws had them last Saturday.

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            1. re: Ted Richards

              Out of curiosity, Ted. How much is Loblaw's charging?

              1. re: Charles Yu

                Saw them there last night and believe they were $4.99/lb. Bought one out of curiosity and it was sweet and delicious as described.

            2. Black Velvet is from a new hybrid strain . It is a plumcot which means it is 50-50 plum and apricot. A pluot is 75 plum-25 apricot.
              I think that the principal virtues of these things is that they handle better and have a longer season than apricots . I would think that the flower bud and flowers should also be more robust with respect to unusual freezes than apricots. Big problem.

              1. I bought these and found these to be not bad but they are pricey! I thought it would have a nice sweetness balanced by the tanginess of an apricot but it was just only plum flavour. Also, I would even recommend to eat this over the sink! I found out that out after my first bite.

                It's not a bad fruit at all but it's quite a high premium for a fuzzy plum! I usually don't like the plum skin so the soft fuzzy apricot skin is a plus. :)

                1. Longos at Woodbine/7 had some today. I believe it was 2.99 or 3.99 a lb.

                  1. Duplicate, sorry.

                    1. Was at costco today and googled this post on my phone - so of COURSE I had to get some.

                      Got this and some Ranier cherries. They are very good - kind of how my memories of very sweet plums were (I tried plums a bunch of times as an adult and they were vile).

                      1. Thanks for the heads up, Charles. Just bought a pack at a Costco in London, ON and tried one. Very tasty. :-)

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                        1. re: prima

                          Wow! London, Ontario! Its a few hundred miles closer to California! So the Apricot must be fresher!! Ha!!!

                        2. Went to Costco yesterday and picked up the apricots. Wow!!! I was absolutely blown away with how juicy and delicious they were!!

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                          1. re: kwass

                            Yup!! Quite an experience for first timer taster!! Glad you enjoyed them!!

                            BTW, California used to export their very seasonal 'Heart Shape Golden Plums' to Canada. Huge sweet and juicy plums the size of a lemon. ( almost like a mutated form of the Ontario sugar plum but much juicier and sweeter, including the usually sour skin!! ).
                            Haven't seen them for a couple of years now! Pity!!

                            1. re: Charles Yu

                              They were AMAZING Charles!! Thank you so much for the recommendation!!

                          2. Further to this story, I was at the Billy Bishop Costco today and picked up a tray of 18 Apriums (here's the difference between apriums and pluots: http://www.chow.com/food-news/54023/w... ) for $6.99. They are fantastic!

                            1. They are back at Costco and sweet as ever!

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                              1. re: Charles Yu

                                They've been stocked for a few weeks at the GTA West stores (it was mentioned in the Costco thread) and it's good to know that your batch was sweet. Mine was not very sweet when I bought it... I'm hoping for the shipment to be better.

                                1. re: Nevy

                                  Ones I bought at RH store were really sweet and juicy. Plan to buy some more if there are any left.

                                  1. re: mrsleny

                                    Still plenty this afternoon around 4.00pm.

                                    1. re: Charles Yu

                                      i found a lot of locations now have the yellow ones instead of the black last two weeks... the yellow ones have a peachy taste

                                      1. re: Charles Yu

                                        Thanks Charles!

                                  2. re: Charles Yu

                                    Mine were good! My neighbour's kids loved them and she said she'd get them more. But she just was not understanding that these are not just plums - so I think the kids are in for a disappointment.

                                    1. re: randomthoughts

                                      I bought them as well this week, and they're even better than I remember!!

                                      1. re: randomthoughts

                                        Mine were delicious as well! Combined with the Rainier cherries, I'm in fruit heaven this week :)

                                    2. All of the early stone fruit I've bought this year has been good. Can't wait for the stuff from Niagara.

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                                      1. re: hal2010

                                        If anything survived, I just heard a lot of wineries lost their vines, and are trying to keep it hush hush.