[Sca-cooks] OOP: Stone Fruits

Lilinah lilinah at earthlink.net
Sat Aug 2 17:04:56 PDT 2008

I love summer stone fruits - cherries, peaches, apricots, plums, and 
more... But i've been rather disappointed the last few times i bought 
some, mealy, insipid, flavorless, so i've not been buying much.

This year i decided to give in and buy some. And for the first time, 
i bought some pluots. I've seen them in my favorite fresh produce 
orgy market, the Berkeley Bowl, but always resisted these hybrids. 
This year i brought home 2 or 3 varieties. Oh. My. Gawd. Oral bliss!

For those who are not sure, they're a cross of plums and apricots. 
Didn't sound all that promising to me. But i am now a convert.

I got one kind that had a gorgeous scarlet skin. The interior was 
pretty much the same color, but luminous, translucent. And the flavor 
was fantastic. I also got some that were sort of banana slug 
yellow-green. The interior was golden-yellow with a hint of apricot 
orange. These were absolutely the best.

I'm going back on Monday for another fix and i'll try to remember the names.

I also got apricots which were juicy and apricot-y. And some peaches 
that were a deep disappointment - flavorful, but mealy.

And i've been trying various types of cherries. Many i find rather 
insipid, but i enjoyed the last batch - they were yellow with red 
cheeks, so to speak, and the interior is pale yellow. They were 
sweet, with a hint of pleasant ripe tartness (not unripe sourness).

Anyway, if you've never tried pluots, i recommend them. The ones i 
got were a tad hard, and i figured they were unripe and sour. So i 
washed them and kept them out for a day or two, refrigerated them 
(cuz i don't want to encourage the fruit flies), then kept them out 
another day, refrigerated them, then got impatient. They were still 
rather hard when i bit into them, but the flavor! the sweetness! 
surprised me. I can only hope that you get some as good.

someone sometimes called Urtatim

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