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                                    Pluot facts

(ploo-ahts) are a relatively recent addition to the stone fruit family. They are an intentional hybrid created by naturally crossing a plum with an apricot using hand pollination. Pluots display more characteristics of plums than apricots, unlike other crosses that exhibit more apricot than plum, such as plumcots or apriums. Pluots are very sweet and intensely flavorful, with the juicy texture and tangy skin of a plum and the floral flavors of an apricot.

Often posessing a beautiful and striking appearance, pluots can look exactly like a plum or have a unique mottled look that has caused some to refer to them as "dinosaur eggs." Each pluot contains about 45 calories and is a very good source of vitamins A and C, dietary fiber, protein and potassium. It also contains phytonutrients and antioxidants. Pluots are high in sugar, though, so don't overdo if you need to pay attention to sugar levels.

A pluot is a semi-freestone fruit, which means it has a pit, but the flesh comes away from it fairly easily in most varieties. And there are plenty of varieties, in colors ranging from black to green to red. In addition to the mottled "dinosaur egg" variety, there are black (dark purple), green, pink and red pluots.