The Lesser Known Stone Fruit
Apriums are a stone fruit similar to plums, apricots and peaches. With the exterior appearance of an apricot, apriums have an orange, juicy flesh and a slight fuzzy exterior. They taste like a sweet apricot that contains a hint of plum. At the farmers market or grocery store, look for apriums that are firm with a little give and have a fragrant aroma.
Known as a hybrid fruit, apriums are a cross between an apricot and plum (approximately 70% apricot and 30% plum) and are known for their sweetness and intense flavor. They are crossbred through an accelerated natural selection process of hand pollination, and are the result of intricate crossbreeding over several generations. They are not genetically modified.
Currently, there are half a dozen varieties of apriums on the market, all with bright orange skin and flesh.
Apriums make a wonderful snack, but are also excellent in salads! Check out your local farmers market or grocery store this spring because apriums are only around for a limited time!