A pluot is a fruit developed in the late 20th century by Floyd Zaiger. It is a complex cross hybrid of plum and apricot, being 2/3 plum and 1/3 apricot in parentage. Its exterior resembles a plum fairly closely.
Pluots are noted for their sweetness (due to a very high sugar content) and their intense flavor. Pluots are also rich in vitamin A.
Pluot varieties include:
- Blue Gusto: large, medium sweet, yellow flesh.
- Candy Stripe: medium, pink-yellow striped, with very sweet and juicy flesh.
- Cherry: small, bright red skin with white flesh.
- Dapple Dandy: large sweet with pale green to yellow, red-spotted skin, red or pink juicy flesh.
- Flavorella: round, medium-sized, golden-yellow, with sweet and juicy flesh.
- Flavor Grenade
- Flavor Heart: very large, black with a heart shape, and yellow flesh.
- Flavor King: very sweet, medium or large, with red-purple skin and red flesh.
- Flavorosa: very sweet or tart, medium-sized, flat round dark-purple fruit with red flesh.
- Flavor Prince: large round and purple, with red flesh.
- Flavor Rich (flavorich): medium-sweet, large black round fruit with orange flesh.
- Flavor Supreme: medium or large, greenish purple skin, juicy red flesh.
- Flavor Queen: large light-green to yellow, very juicy.
- Frugi: round, purple-green-yellow skin, very juicy and very sweet.
- Green: green skin, clear, sweet, juicy flesh.
- Hand Grenade: large, oblong shape, sweet and juicy flesh.
- Last Chance: large and sweet with green skin and flesh.
- Red Ray: medium, bright red with dense, sweet orange flesh.
Pluots, or some varieties, are sometimes called dinosaur eggs.
Pluot is a registered trademark of Zaiger's Genetics.