What Is a Plumcot—And Should You Be Eating Them?
Our staff has been seeing this funky fruit pop up across various food retailers, like Trader Joe's and Costco.
Photo: Jaime Milan
It's the middle of summer, which means long days by the pool, dinners straight from the grill, and an array of funky fruit hybrids at our local grocery stores! We've seen donut peaches and cherry plums pop up in various grocery stores this season already, and now we've found another stone fruit crossover to stock up on-plumcots.
Are Plumcots Healthy?
Plumcots are the result of cross-pollinating plums and apricots, two summertime stone fruits. They are not genetically modified.
Plumcots have a slightly fuzzy, plum-colored skin with a vibrant red interior that's sweet and juicy. These babies only have 30 calories per fruit, and boast a whopping 3g fiber, 10 percent of your daily vitamin C needs, and 6 percent of your daily vitamin A needs. Simply eating two of these would offer about a quarter of your daily fiber needs and give you a serious vitamin boost!
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Family Tree Farms, one of the largest producers of stone fruit and berries in the country, says plumcots are best enjoyed when ripened at room temperature and then stored in the fridge for three to five days afterwards. They have a super short growing season-about three weeks-so plumcot lovers need to stock up while they can!
Luckily, plumcots have become widely available across the country. Family Tree Farms lists about two dozen places you can pick up a bushel of these purple beauties. Some of these locations include Costco, Trader Joe's, Publix, Kroger, Walmart, Sam's Club, and Sprouts.
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Now you may be wondering if plumcots are the same as pluots or apriums you might also be seeing amongst the other fruit hybrids. All three of these fruits are apricot-plum crossovers, but have varying amounts of each fruit. Plumcots have an equal apricot-to-plum ratio, while apriums have about a 75-25 apricot-to-plum ratio with fuzzier skin, and pluots have a 25-75 apricot-to-plum ratio with smoother skin. We think it's worth trying them all to see what your favorite flavor combination is!