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