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

Charles Yu Jun 28, 2013 12:29 PM

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!!

  1. jpr54_1 Jun 28, 2013 12:46 PM

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

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      kwass Jun 28, 2013 01:12 PM

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

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        Flexitarian Jul 2, 2013 04:38 PM

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

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          Flexitarian Jul 2, 2013 08:43 PM

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

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      Vinnie Vidimangi Jun 28, 2013 01:51 PM

      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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        kwass Jun 28, 2013 01:55 PM

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

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          Mila Jun 28, 2013 02:17 PM

          Mostly like a plum

          1. re: Mila
            kwass Jun 28, 2013 02:21 PM

            Thanks Mila!

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              Mila Jun 28, 2013 02:25 PM

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

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                kwass Jun 28, 2013 02:27 PM

                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.

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                  Charles Yu Jun 28, 2013 03:02 PM

                  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
                    kwass Jun 28, 2013 03:07 PM

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

          2. re: Vinnie Vidimangi
            Charles Yu Jun 28, 2013 03:04 PM

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

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            Ted Richards Jun 28, 2013 08:30 PM

            The Queen's Quay Loblaws had them last Saturday.

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              Charles Yu Jun 29, 2013 09:46 AM

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

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                sman Jun 30, 2013 06:09 PM

                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.

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              Vinnie Vidimangi Jun 28, 2013 09:13 PM

              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. Nevy Jun 28, 2013 11:19 PM

                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. :)

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                  TeacherFoodie Jul 2, 2013 12:37 PM

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

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                    randomthoughts Jul 2, 2013 03:23 PM

                    Duplicate, sorry.

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                      randomthoughts Jul 2, 2013 03:24 PM

                      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. prima Jul 2, 2013 06:31 PM

                        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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                          Charles Yu Jul 2, 2013 08:07 PM

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

                        2. kwass Jul 5, 2013 04:49 AM

                          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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                            Charles Yu Jul 5, 2013 09:15 AM

                            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!!

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                              kwass Jul 5, 2013 09:47 AM

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

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                            Yongeman Sep 8, 2013 11:44 AM

                            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!

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