Wandering through fruit and veg department at the supermarket yesterday somewhere between boring old apples and bananas I made a very exciting discovery – nectacots! Obviously I couldn’t resist buying a few for further investigation.
As you’ve probably guessed, these little gems are what you get when you cross-pollinate a nectarine with an apricot. In the looks department, they’re all apricot, with the exception of shiny, fuzz-free skin, but, as far as taste is concerned, they have definitely inherited the flavour of their larger, smooth skinned parent.
A few minutes later I was reading about apriums and pluots, both variations of an apricot and plum cross, pluerries (a plum/cherry mix) and the slightly more dubious lemato (yep, lemon and tomato!) among others. If you’re curious you can read more and see pictures here.
Another surprising discovery? The pomato plant which grows tomatoes above the ground and potatoes below! If you’re looking to test your green fingers you can find instructions on how to grow your very own pomato plant here.
Personally, I’m content with my nectacots for now and am tempted to make a little compote to go on top of some Greek-style yoghurt.
I do find myself questioning whether I have been a bit slow on the uptake with regards to the whole hybrid fruit scene.
Even more common hybrids such as boysenberries (raspberry, blackberry and loganberry – a hybrid in itself) and tangellos (tangerine/pomello or tangerine/grapefruit) are a rare find in the supermarkets here but have they taken the rest of the world by storm without me knowing?
Do you frequently find yourself munching on a pineberry or nectacotum? Share your hybrid fruit experiences below!