THE PLUMCOT

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Self- Sufficiency -

Plum x apri­cot

HEIGHT: 4-5m HAR­VEST: De­cem­ber-jan­uary

These have a red­dish-pur­ple or red­dish­black skin (depend­ing on the va­ri­ety), yel­low flesh, and a flavour that com­bines the slight tang of plum with the sweet­ness of an apri­cot.

They’re not as new as you might think. Amer­i­can plant breeder Luther Bur­bank was the first per­son to suc­cess­fully cross plums with apri­cots in the early 1900s. He was aim­ing to pro­duce an apri­cot-like fruit that would thrive in the wet, coastal Cal­i­for­nia cli­mate, where apri­cots failed to set fruit most years.

This kind of hy­brid was thought to be im­pos­si­ble at the time. Po­mol­o­gists de­nounced his plum­cots as a hoax, but Bur­bank was later vin­di­cated.

They worked well in NZ too. Kiwi pi­o­neer hor­ti­cul­tur­al­ist, Hay­ward Wright, who sold plum­cots in New Zealand in the 1930s, wrote, “These will fruit

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