Consumerist reader Will was shopping at his local Walmart and noticed that the percentages on this sign just don’t add up.
Having never sampled a Pluot, we did a bit of reading and found that it’s the trademarked brainchild of Floyd Zaiger, the biologist/mad scientist behind similar hybrids like the peacotum (a peach, apricot and plum hybrid) and the cherub (the result of a cherry and a plum’s naughty night out). Then there’s the Aprium, which like the Pluot, is a hybrid of apricot and plum, but with the ratio reversed in favor of more apricot.
And though the Walmart sign says that the Pluot, is 75% plum and 35% apricot, this 2009 Slate article says that because of the possible variation in each tree, it’s “Best just to say that pluots are mostly plum and leave it at that.”
Well, now you probably know more about Pluots than you did a few minutes ago. Go impress your friends this weekend.