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Pluot: the best of two fruits in one

Can the pluot become a fashionable fruit within the category of superfood? Discover its peculiar origin in the XIXth Century. Is it a product transgenic? Let's check it out!

But what is this?

As we have already seen in our article on the seedless watermelon, the human being seeks to improve the species of the natural environment. That is, get the vegetables more nutritious y resistant or the strongest or fastest animals. This is where the sterile cross between horse and donkey comes from: the mula.

Well, the truth is that in addition to the aforementioned watermelon, we have a fruit that is gaining more and more popularity in Spain. He pluot It is nothing more than the hybrid between plum and apricot. However, in this case the proportions are very important. It is made with three quarters of plum y one of apricot

Pluot split in half/Source: @Melissas Produce on Twitter

In addition, we can verify this in its appearance. So, on the outside it looks like a plum but inside it is like an apricot. And as if that were not enough, the name is a mixture of the name of the mother species in English: plum (plum) and apricot (apricot). Now, what peculiar story led to this fruit?

The story behind a hybrid

It all started at the end of XIXth Century with the plumcot. It was the work of the horticulturist Luther burbank, who lived in California. According to the foundation page he created more than 800 species. Well, one of these was the plumcot, which differed from the pluot by a very basic characteristic. Half of her genetics came from plum and half from apricot.

Once he died, his disciples continued their research. It turned out that Floyd Zaiger, one of them, found the key by using three quarters of a plum and one of an apricot. If we get strict we can say that it belongs to gender Prunus: hybrid stone fruits belonging to the family Rosaceae. pollinated species shape manual, so it is not a transgenic species.

pluot benefits

It has gained popularity in Spain and today it is cultivated in Andalusiaespecially in the valley of the Guadalquivir. There are also plantations in Estremadura. Well, this is due to its interesting properties. The pandemic accelerated the existing concern for healthy eating, which has an impact on the sales of this product. is rich in Vitamin A y Vitamin C. Therefore, it has beta-carotenes that improve circulation and can prevent the appearance of tumors.

They also improve the immune system and prevents infections thanks to the second mentioned vitamin. This improves other aspects such as circulation. Also, they are rich in Antioxidants. As if that were not enough, they also include fiber that improves our digestive tract. They even contain some protein. However, his high level of sugar It implies that diabetics should consume this fruit very cautiously.

How about? Do you give this interesting hybrid a chance?