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Apriums: Kitchen Basics

Aprium is 3/4 apricot and 1/4 plum

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.

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 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.

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. Harvesttotable.com has more than 10 million visitors each year.

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  1. I just had my first aprium and it was wonderful, however, the skin was more purple in color like a plum but did have the fuzz life an apricot. I live in SW Florida and love to grow different and unusual items in my yard. I would love to give the aprium pit a try. How do you prepare the pit and what should be done?

    Thanks so much for your time and help.

    • Apriums are one-quarter plum and three-quarters apricot; they are hybrids. Your aprium seed may not grow true from its seed–if the seed germinates, it may revert and show characteristics of one or the other of its parents. As well, the aprium that produced the seed you have may have been produced from a clone or cutting and grafted onto rootstock (not grown from a seed itself)–this is common with fruit trees (the rootstock might have been adapted to the growing region or disease resistant or dwarfing, or all of these). In short, there are many variables and your seed may not produce true to the fruit you took the seed from. A more reliable way to get an exact clone of the tree that produced your fruit would be to grow a new tree from a cutting–also called a clone (but the success rate of rooting out cuttings can be 50 percent or less). Given all of these considerations, if you want to plant your aprium seed and see what comes, do the following: place the seed in a mix of peat moss, vermiculite, and sand and place it in the refrigerator for about 14 weeks. At the end of this “stratification” period, replant the seed in a peat moss and vermiculite mix and set it in a warm place with strong light (the kitchen window or a greenhouse) and wait for a seedling to emerge–it may take a month or two or more. Once your seedling is up and strong you can transplant it to the garden into compost rich soil. If all goes well, you should see your first fruit about 24 to 36 months after transplanting. An alternative would be to speak to an agent at the local cooperative extension or to a Master Gardener and ask for the name of aprium varieties that grow well in your area; you could then order one from a nearby nursery or from a grower online.

    • Most Apricots require 700 or more hours below 45 degrees in order to flower. I work at a tree nursery near Tampa and we have a few plum trees. Just for some perspective, of the 10 or so plum trees we have only one fruit has produced. One single fruit. That being said, just plant the seeds and see what happens. If the tree produces fruit then you may have something quite valuable.

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