Like plumcots, apriums are a hybrid fruit – a cross between an apricot and a plum, with a higher percentage of apricot characteristics. While apriums have the exterior appearance of an apricot, the flavor has perceptible plum qualities and a firm yet juicy flesh.
Aprium harvest starts in mid May with the Bella Jewel variety. July and August bring a delightful series of varieties. See Availability chart for more details.
Official nutritional analysis is not available for apiums. For an approximate reference, see apricot nutrition information.
Selection and Storage
Apriums and apricots are picked when the fruit has fully matured on the tree. At this point they have achieved their maximum size and sugar but often not their full orange color. They will occasionally have a slight tinge of green to the skin even though the flesh inside is orange. Look for fruit that is firm with a little “give” and a fragrant aroma. Some pieces of fruit may have splashes of red color on them while others may not. This merely means one piece of fruit got more sunlight than the other but it is not an indication of ripeness or sweetness. If your apricots have any green visible, keep them at room temperature for a day or two to ripen. Once they are soft, they can be stored in the refrigerator for approximately one week.