Apriums and pluots

Illustration by SERENE LUSANO

Like something out of Frankenstein, apriums, pluots and plumcots combine different amounts of their donors. Apriums look much like apricots, with a dense sweet flesh. Pluots are later-generation hybrids of plumcots and apriums. They more closely resemble plums, with varietals like Dapple Dandy, which has a mottled greenish skin and vibrant purple flesh. Look for them labeled as Dinosaur Eggs. Ask growers for samples to check the acidity versus sweetness of each kind, then use them for tarts, pies, cheese plates and fruit salsas.