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Ways to Serve Apriums

Aprium is 3/4 apricot and 1/4 plum

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Apriums are juicy, sweet eating out of hand. An aprium is a hybrid fruit—¾ apricot and ¼ plum.

The aprium is bright orange on the outside with just a hint of skin fuzz. Its bright orange flesh is dense and surrounds a stone similar to an apricot’s. The aprium is about the size of a large plum and can easily be mistaken for a very large apricot.

Apriums grow on a deciduous tree that grows to about 10 feet tall and requires warm springs and summers for harvest.

How to eat apriums

  • Apriums are commonly eaten freshly picked out of hand.
  • You can slice and add them to a salad or cereal or yogurt or ice cream.
  • You can use apriums in crisps, cobblers, and pies.
  • Add sliced apriums to bread.
  • Make apriums into sauces to be eaten with waffles or pancakes or preserves.

Favorite aprium recipe

Aprium-Peach Cobbler

Aprium flavor

  • The aprium’s flavor is often described as intense and complex.
  • Apriums have strong apricot flavor tones—bowing to their predominantly apricot parentage—with a hint of plum.
  • Apriums are sweeter than apricots with higher fructose and complex sugars content and a bit of acidity.

Aprium harvest season

  • Apriums are available from late spring through late summer, mid-May to September in the northern hemisphere.
  • Apriums require other apriums or apricots for pollination.

Aprium varieties

  • Apriums are a relatively new fruit. ‘Honey Rich’ was the first aprium introduced in 1989.
  • ‘Honey Rich’ is perhaps the most popular aprium variety; its name aptly suggests the fruit’s intensely sweet flavor.
  • Other aprium favorites are ‘Flavor Delight’ and ‘Tasty Rich’.
  • Other aprium varieties include ‘Autumn Sprite’, ‘Escort’, ‘Flavor Ann’, ‘Late Brittney’, ‘Poppy Cot’, and ‘Wescot’.
  • The aprium was developed by California fruit hybridizer Floyd Zaiger, who also developed the pluot, a plum apricot hybrid.

How to choose apriums

  • Select apriums that are plump and firm with consistent skin color.
  • Avoid apriums that are green or that are overly soft or have broken or blemished skins.
  • Apriums have delicate skins and will tend to discolor with handling.

How to store apriums

  • Apriums will keep in the crisper section of the refrigerator for up to two days.
  • Keep apriums away from bananas which emit ethylene gas that can hasten the ripening process of the aprium.

How to prepare apriums

  • Rinse apriums in cool water and dry them before using.
  • Cut the fruit in half to remove the pit or use a fruit pitter.
  • Apriums will ripen quickly placed in a paper bag at room temperature.

Aprium nutrition

  • Apriums are a good source of vitamin A.

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Written by Stephen Albert

Stephen Albert is a horticulturist, master gardener, and certified nurseryman who has taught at the University of California for more than 25 years. He holds graduate degrees from the University of California and the University of Iowa. His books include Vegetable Garden Grower’s Guide, Vegetable Garden Almanac & Planner, Tomato Grower’s Answer Book, and Kitchen Garden Grower’s Guide. His Vegetable Garden Grower’s Masterclass is available online. has more than 10 million visitors each year.

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