Sunday, September 14, 2008

Horton Hears a Pluot

Sometimes you wonder how farmers come up with names for their creations. Say, for example, this pluot called "Elephant Hearts." WTF? How do you get elephant from this? Well, I can see the hearts part because inside these spotted-liked pluots are these extremely red flesh. And I guess if you really want to see it, the skin of the pluot is a bit spotted and possibly grey like the skin of an elephant? I think I'm giving the person who named this fruit a wee bit too much credit. Anywho, stone fruit season is nearing an end as summer's end approaches in just a week. So there's only a few more weeks of enjoying odd-named stone fruits like this Elephant Heart pluots that I got at the farmers' market. They're speckled outside but sweet and red inside. I can't say the sweetness is sublime as my favorite Flavor King, but it's a nice alternative on weeks when I'm in Flavor King overkill. (Oh, what am I saying? I never get tired of Flavor Kings. But you need a change now and then.) Have you discovered a new pluot this season?

5 comments:

Mrs. L said...

I saw pluots at the market yesterday but they didn't have any other name but pluot. Maybe I'll have to elbow my way to the seller and see if they can tell me what kind they are if they are there next weekend.

Chef Ben said...

I know, some farmers plant what they get from someone else and I think after awhile they just don't know anymore. I know some of the farmers at Civic Center also just had a sign that said pluot. Of coure, sometimes you have to pay more if they know the name! ;-)

Mrs. L said...

I'm still curious and will see what I find Sunday when I go back to the market!

Mrs. L said...

So, I now have some "maryjane" pluots. Can't find any reference to them anywhere (the guy had to think really hard when I asked what kind of pluots!). Now I just have to figure out what to do with them.

Chef Ben said...

I never heard of Mary Janes. Are they nice and sweet? I would just eat them, or put them in my yogurt, or make a fruit tart. Just some suggestions. ;-)