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This item was last sold on : 09/28/14
Aprium are available for a brief period during spring.
Apriums are an interspecific complex hybrid of plums and apricots. They were developed to contain a superior mixture of fruit juices over their individual parents, which also characteristically produces a higher sugar content. The process of creating an interspecifc hybrid requires intentional controlled open pollination. True 50/50 apricot-plum crosses will generally go back into a breeding program as “mother stock.” The process will repeat the following season. If plum pollen is used for pollination, the resulting fruit will have predominantly plum characteristics - 75% plum and 25% apricot and be called a plumcot. If apricot pollen is used again, the fruit will carry primarily apricot qualities and be considered an Aprium.
The aprium has the initial appearance of a small deep rose-hued apricot, a physical trait inherited from its plum parentage. It skin is covered with a near translucent fuzz which the fruit inherited from its other parent, the apricot. The fruit's flesh, when ripe, is sweet forward with a bright and tart finishing mouthful. The flesh is also more comparable to a plum with layers of juice that make the fruit's consistency delicious when just ripe, yet mealy when overly matured. Apriums are classified as a "climacteric fruit", meaning the fruit continues to ripen after picking.
Apriums are best for fresh eating. They can be utilized for fresh fruit salads, for savory salads and appetizers and for desserts. Complimentary pairings include other stone fruits, honey, egg custards, lavendar, lemon, orange, cardamon, pistachio, cayenne, pepitas, marcona almonds, mascarpone, burrata, chevre, vanilla, white chocolate, yogurt, hazelnut and olive oil. Apriums can be made into jam, ice cream and gelato.
Apriums were developed in the late 1980s by Floyd Zaiger of Zaiger Genetics, in Modesto, California. In fact, Aprium is a federally registered trademark for the name of the fruit and the process by which it is grown. Genetically, the aprium's parentage is 25% plum and 75% apricot. The process of hybridization includes the method of pollen to seed-bearing stock. Rootstock plays an essential role in the development of new varieties. They are used for grafting the cutting or budding of other plants. The rootstock named Citation, a peach/plum hybrid, is the standard rootstock for aprium trees.
Recipes that include Aprium Apricots. One is easiest, three is harder.
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Near Dillonvale, Ohio, United States
About 210 days ago, 5/25/14
Metropolitan Market Near Seattle, Washington, United States
About 469 days ago, 9/08/13
Spotter's comments : Aprium Apricots spotted at Metropolitan Market. Can't wait to try them!!!
Specialty Produce Near San Diego, California, United States
About 570 days ago, 5/30/13
Spotter's comments : Aprium Apricots spotted at Specialty Produce. Flavorful hybrid of plum & apricots.
Central Market Near Austin, Texas, United States
About 573 days ago, 5/27/13
Spotter's comments : Aprium Apricots spotted at Central Market. You can smell the flavor of the Aprium display.