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Heads Spin Over What to Name Hybrid Fruits

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David Karp, writing for the Los Angeles Times reports:

"A century ago, Luther Burbank hybridized plums and apricots to create plumcots, although they never achieved commercial success. At nearly the same time, Walter T. Swingle crossed tangerines and grapefruits to come up with tangelos, one of the few instances in which an entirely new fruit type gained popular acceptance.

Making these kinds of interspecific crosses opens up a promising range of possibilities for growers and consumers, but what to call the resulting fruits? No one really knows.

Today, unbeknown to you, that fruit being sold as an apricot may actually have some peach in it; or a nectarine may have plum. A fruit may be given one identity for farming, another for shipping and yet another at the store. This is no small matter. Almost half of the plum-like fruits grown in California now are interspecifics — Pluots and the like.

Nectaplums, Plerries, Plumegranates, Cherrums, Plumcots, Grapples, Plumchapches...go forth and eat.

They're all perfect eating at brunch, lunner, sunch, or just a simple snanner.
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