Seasonal Spotlight: Pluots

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As summer begins to wind down, farmers are picking the last of the stone fruits off their trees and getting ready to harvest apples. Right now there's a glut of last-chance stone fruits in the farmer's markets. One such stone fruit is the pluot.

Pluots are a recently developed hybrid that are a cross between a plum and an apricot. Specifically, they are ¾ plum and ¼ apricot in terms of percentages. They look more like a plum, but are softer and sweeter like an apricot. Due to their speckled skin, they're sometimes called "dinosaur plums."

They have a very intense taste and are delicious. Give them a try! Trader Joe's also sells dehydrated pluots.

(Image: Kathryn Hill)