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Ingredient Tue Jul 24 2007

What do you get when you cross a plum with an apricot?

pluotOn a shopping trip to Stanley's this morning, my eye was caught by a fruit I'd never seen before. A stack of yellowish/brownish fruits shaped like large apricots were sitting under a sign that read "Pluots." I was intrigued and bought two of them.

I arrived home and quickly googled this odd little fruit. It turns out that pluots are trademarked hybrid fruits of Zaiger's Genetics. Zaiger's also holds patents for the following fruits: apriums, nectaplums, nectarcots, and peacotums (a hybrid of peach, apricot and plum).

As creeped out as I am by this idea, I had the pluots, so I had to use them. I sliced them up with a peach and stewed them into a sauce with sherry and sugar and a bit of water. I now have a bright coral, tart jam-like topping for ice cream.

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n / July 26, 2007 1:06 PM

I discovered pluots - and that I LOVE LOVE LOVE them - when I lived in Berkeley. I am creeped out by the trademark thing...but not enough to not eat them, I have to confess. Thanks for letting me know they're around - Stanley's, here I come!

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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