What do you get when you cross a nectarine and a plum? A nectaplum! This particular variety, called a Spice Zee, has smooth, dusky red skin and white flesh. Intensely sweet with a trace of acidity and rich plum flavor, it's really a perfect hybrid of the two fruits. The nectaplum was invented by Zaiger, the same company that gave us the pluot and aprium. (These fruits have been developed through cross-breeding, not genetic engineering; to learn more about the fascinating world of stone fruit breeding, check out The Perfect Fruit by Chip Brantley.) Although they aren't widespread yet, you may be able to find nectaplums at farmers' markets and specialty stores, and growing in home gardens. Erik and Kelly of Homegrown Evolution recently harvested their first nectaplum and said "it was just about the tastiest fruit we've ever eaten."
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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