It's hard to believe, but stone fruit season is already upon us. First there were the cherries, and now we're being treated to early apricots, plums, and apriums.
In addition to regular apricots, we are seeing apriums, which are an apricot-plum hybrid. Whereas pluots are 3/4 plum and 1/4 apricot, these are 3/4 apricot and 1/4 plum. The consistency is much like an apricot, but the initial honey sweetness is followed by a hint of tartness that we quite enjoy.
Green sour plums have also made an appearance. One vendor offered up samples of the crisp, tiny fruits rolled in salt and chile powder, and the combination of tart and spice was delicious.
Which stone fruits are you seeing or looking forward to at your market?
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Emily Ho is a writer, recipe developer, and educator. She lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches classes on food preservation, wild food, and herbalism. Emily is a Master Food Preserver and founder of LA Food Swap and the international Food Swap Network.
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