Tuesday, June 2, 2009

red velvet apricots

i've been keeping busy.

busy busy busy.

this seems to be something i am good at.

yet, even the busy foodie hunter knows that she needs to take a break. for my break today i went to a local market and came across red velvet apricots for the first time.


first reaction when i saw them was "huh?" the immediate follow-up reaction was hmmmmm......"well, well, well....what do you taste like?" i was quite intrigued....my interest was quite piqued. so naturally, i bought a few of the not-so-cheap fruit.

when i got them home, i did a through inspection and a mini-photo shoot.



they are fuzzy and have the same sort of weight to them as regular apricots. i had no idea the insides were going to look like...and was actually a bit surprised when i split one open and saw how similar it looked to a regular apricot. i think my expectation was that it would be red inside as well.....go figure. yet, it looked a tad bit juicier than the average small orange apricot.


next up was the taste test. when i bit into it i thought...hmmm...it kinda tastes plummy. then i started nibbling on the skin...yup, plummy. "how funny is that?" i thought to myself.....a fuzzy plummy. these are not definitely not plucots though. the texture of plucots is more plum-like while this fruit's texture is more apricot-like. it is also not as tart as plucots. the red velvet apricot texture was not as wet, smooth, and juicy as a plum/plucot....the texture is a bit drier and looks a bit grainier....key words being "looks grainier"....as i don't find the texture grainy on the tongue. it was soft...almost succulent on the tongue. it was pretty good. i imagine that these would be absolutely tasty wonderful as a tart.....i bet it would be pretty beautiful as well...with those plum and light orange colors.

if you see these in your local markets....i would definitely recommend trying them.

6 comments:

Chelsea said...

It is probably an aprium, more apricot than plum.

foodie hunter said...

Ahhh. Is that what they are called? Good to know! I'm surprised that I haven't seen them before.

Victoria said...

Um, WTF?? Apricots and plums aren't supposed to be out until July.

foodie hunter said...

I was surprised when I started seeing CA apricots and plums show up at Berkeley Bowl last week. I haven't been to the farmers' markets in last couple of weeks...so don't know if they are starting to show there as well.

I remember thinking "it can't be summer already?". I usually associate apricots and plums with summer.

Chelsea said...

yep, they have been at the farmer's market at least 2 weeks now! i just bought peaches yesterday from frog hollow and made an aprium/almond galette on monday:) most apriums just look like different varieties of apricots, but i definitely haven't seen those red velvet ones. the name alone is irresistible.

foodie hunter said...

ooooohhh...an aprium/almond galette!!! that sounds divine.