Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Black velvet

What kind of fruit would you say this is?



I found it yesterday while grocery shopping at our local Big Y supermarket, and bought a few of them. They're delicious.

Give up?

It's an APRICOT!

I'd never seen an apricot with this color skin before -- all the ones I'd encountered previously had that kind of orange/yellow coloration. I'm a big apricot fan -- when I was a kid, it was a HUGE treat to get dried apricots. And this "black velvet" variety may just be my new favorite fruit. -- PL

16 comments:

~ tOkKa said...

-->> .. is the flavour the same as a standard apricot ??

>v<

PL said...

"~ tOkKa said...

-->> .. is the flavour the same as a standard apricot ??

>v<"

Dave, it tastes a little more mellow than your standard apricot, but overall pretty similar. -- PL

Tristan Jones said...

I was worried you were going to say it was some kind of horrendously off yet incredibly well shaped apple or something! There's a group that farms blood plums here in Australia that calls them Black Velvet. Still, I can't say I've ever seen an apricot quite like that.

Splinter's Iroonna said...

That's a color picture?

Wow, I've never seen one, and I have a Bristol Farms across from me, and they usually have stuff like this.

m. said...

YOU'RE a freakin' apricot!

Vaughn Michael said...

lol @ Murph the thing looks rotten Pete hope it's ok honestly.
I don't know if I could eat something that looked like that myself. @_@
-Vaughn

poppyrobbie said...

Haha yeah, you better make sure this thing wasnt a ruined mark-down they decided to name something else in order to sell...haha.

Glad to see you're back, Pete! Hope you enjoyed the mini-vacation.

-robbie

Splinter's Iroonna said...
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joe-eyeball said...

Pete, I'm with you on apricots, I love them as well. In fact I love pretty much all fruit. Especially anything with a pit. However, I can't quite say I have seen a black apricot before, but I have heard of pluots, which are a plum genetically crossed with an apricot. Maybe that's what you found.

-Joe Dziczkowski

Splinter's Iroonna said...

http://www.theproducehunter.com/productdisplay.asp?ID=2403

This says a cross between an apricot and a plum. I saw something else about black apricot by itself, but it said it was of inferior taste and purpleish flesh.

Purple.. Donatello! NO wonder it appeals to you!

:D

Cynthia, suddenly needing to go buy some fruit.

I deleted this to repost because I didn't want to double post and there is no edit! I found these at the store across the street just a bit ago-- sweet, but weirdly tart/sour at the end of each bite-- very juicy. I can see why you like them.

~ tOkKa said...

-->> ..so this is one of those funky ' new expeiramental ' fruits.

They are doing that allot with apples too ( for example ).

Varieties i'd never even heard of and strange new hybrid fruits !!

Supposedly some of them taste very good.

Maybe i'll try this mutated apricot. I like tart-type things alot, Cyn !!

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MachiasBanshee said...

I'm kinda agreeing with Joe about the Apricot Plum thing... We have 'plumicots' that grow on our property. I imagine the more plum you put into it, the darker it becomes.

Cross=bred fruits are always interesting...

-Amy

Splinter's Iroonna said...

Dave-- from what I remember, apricots by themselves are tart or sour, so it makes sense that it would be sweet then as sudden tangy sour flavor at the edge.

lol-- Welcome to pLairds tmnt/fruit report blog!

Cynthia

~ tOkKa said...

-->> O' Mac Peter had a farm ..

E - I - E - I Ooooooooooo

♫ ♫ ~~ **


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PL said...

The eight "black velvet" apricots I bought are now down to two -- I just ate two with my breakfast this morning. They really are great, and I will be looking for more.

I've found several odd and interesting fruits at the Big Y stores in recent years. Probably the coolest was a thing called a "monstera" fruit. It looked like a large cucumber wth a skin which had hexagonal facets -- if the "Thing" from the Fantastic Four were colored light green instead of orange, one of his fingers might look something like this.

You knew it was ripe by the fact that these hexagonal facets would start to separate and drop off, revealing the central core of the fruit, which had the color and texture of a banana.... and an amazing flavor, which I would describe as a combination or banana, apple, and kiwi. Very yummy. -- PL

Jason said...

I love those but sometimes they look like plums.