I have noticed two new things at the grocery store lately that I had never heard of previously.
“Dinosaur Egg Pluot” What is it?
Well I decided to buy a few and investigate. Today I had one with my lunch. The inside was a pinkish color with a tart and sweet taste mixed.
According to dino101.com,” a pluot is cross-pollination between a plum and an apricot resulting in a wide variety of colors, both inside and out, and unique flavors.” To me, it just tasted like a really good plum. “Some pluots have more plum, some more apricot. But all pluots are sweet and juicy, and some are also sweet and tart with tangy skins.”
The other thing that caught my attention at the store was donut peaches.
Donut peaches are uniquely shaped peaches that look remarkably like their namesake because they are somewhat flattened and have a depression in the middle that suggests a donut hole. In addition to having a distinctive appearance, donut peaches also have a special flavor, with a sweet tenderness and faint hint of almond that some consumers find enjoyable.
The origins of the donut peach are in Asia, where flat peaches have been cultivated for centuries. In the mid-1800s, several varieties were exported to the United States, and Chinese flat peaches, as they were called, became popular for a brief time. The fruits fell out of fashion, however, and the flat peach was considered an essentially lost heirloom variety until the 1990s, when it began to enter widespread cultivation again.
The skin of donut peaches is creamy yellow with a faint red blush, and the flesh is pure white. Their flavor is less acidic than some peach cultivars, and they also are extremely juicy. They tend to be less fuzzy than some other cultivars, reminding some consumers of nectarines. Peaches and nectarines are actually separate fruits, although they are closely related.
According to motherearthnews.com there are 10 things that make donut peaches or Saturn peaches great:
1. They taste better than other peaches. They’re sweeter, with almond overtones.
2. They are lower in acid than other peaches.
3. The pit doesn’t cling to the flesh, so it’s easy to pop out with your thumb.
4. The fruit’s thin, red skin has little or no fuzz, so it doesn’t have to be peeled.
5. Their small size lends itself to being eaten out of hand.
6. The frost-hardy, highly pest- and disease-resistant trees are easy to grow in most areas.
7. You can count on ?Saturn’ peach trees to produce an abundant harvest ? up to twice as many peaches as other varieties.
8. The trees bloom earlier in the spring than other varieties, and put on an absolutely spectacular show of pink blossoms.
9. Most of the nursery stock is now grafted to dwarf roots, making easy work of pruning and harvesting.
10. By planting a rarer variety of peach, you are helping to preserve biodiversity and maintain diverse seed stocks for generations to come.
Well I learned something new this week and I hope I shared something new with you also. If you haven’t already tried these fruits do give them a try.
I tried the dinosaur egg pluot’s and loved them so now I am going to have to buy some donut peaches and give them a try.