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Pluot - Plum Apricot Hybrid


If you like sweet fruit, then take a look into the pluot! This interesting creation is a hybrid of a plum and an apricot. I think they should call these things "plapricots" myself!

First, what does a pluot look like? It is about the size of an apple, with a soft, plum like skin to it and a purple-red color. Here is a photo of a pluot I took.

Pluot Photo

This pluot was a little on the ripe side. In the next photo, when I tried to cut it open, you can see that it squished a bit. I am not very good with dealing with pits, so some of this is my own being inept.

Pluot Photo

The skin is fairly bitter - like the skin of a grape. The inside flesh is sweet and has a nice flavor, rather like (go figure) an apricot and a plum. These are great for Champagne cocktails!

One medium pluot, which is about 5oz not counting the inedible pit, has 80 calories and 19g of carbs. Of these only 3g are fiber, and 15g are absolutely fruit sugar. You should not be eating piles of pluots every day! Still, they are a tasty occasional treat.

Pluots do not have any fat at all, and they have 1g of protein. They have no sodium and no cholesterol.

On the nutrition side, however, pluots don't get you very far. They have absolutely zero vitamin A, zero vitamin C, zero iron, zero calcium. Usually when you eat fruits you are getting some good vitamins into you. Here you are not getting much of anything besides sugar!

So yes if your choices was to eat a giant bag of chocolate cookies or to eat a pluot or two, I would point you towards the pluot. You win there on the sheer level of not ingesting tons of chemicals. However with the pluot being mostly fruit sugar in a fruity wrapper, with no nutrition and no other healthy aspects to it, I'd suggest that your fruit treat head in an orange or apple direction instead. Make those little steps to get more healthy in your life!


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