Dinosaur Egg Popsicles — if you know what a Dinosaur Egg is you’re ahead of the game…pluots, apriums, and plumcots are some of the true treasures of summer!
Pluots, apriums, and plumcots are hybrids of plums and apricots, and they’re just fantastic. It used to be that you’d only find them in farmers markets, but now they’re showing up in supermarkets all over the country. They combine the juiciness and rich colors of plums with the firmer flesh and and more pronounced flavors of apricots. Dinosaur Eggs are one of the many varieties of pluots, and one of the most spectacular, with a mottled green exterior and a fuchsia pink inside.
These aren’t genetically modified or anything like that, they’ve been cross bred just like gardeners and farmers have been doing for generations and the results have been fabulous. Here’s the breakdown…
- PLUOT: 1/4 apricot, 3/4 plum
- APRIUM: 3/4 apricot, 1/4 plum
- PLUMCOT: 1/2 apricot, 1/2 plum
Our farmer’s market has a huge array of them out for tasting all summer long. These have intense fresh fruity flavor, and every variety of pluot, etc, will be a little different in color and taste, so experiment and find your favorite.
When you’ve finished with these you might like to try some of my other healthy whole fruit pops:
Pluots and their cousins are VERY juicy, so it can be messy to try to bite right into them. I often slice mine in wedges first, but making them into popsicles is an even cooler solution :)
- 8 pluots, of any variety
- 2 Tbsp sugar (or to taste)
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- Cut each pluot in half and then give them a rough chop. Add them to the bowl of a food processor along with the sugar and the lemon juice. Process until smooth, scraping down the sides of the machine if necessary.
- Transfer the puree to a measuring up with a spout and fill your popsicle molds.
- Insert sticks and freeze until solid.
- To remove, fill your sink with hot tap water and immerse the mold up to, but not over, the top lip for just a few second. If the popsicles are still stuck, immerse for a few more seconds.
- Store well wrapped in the freezer.
- Chose ripe but firm pluots, softness indicates they’re over ripe.
- Like all stone fruit, pluots are only available during the summer season, so enjoy them while you can.
- To open a pluot, slice in half with a sharp serrated knife, and then twist the two halves apart. These aren’t ‘freestone’ fruits, meaning the pit will be stuck in one half, and you will have to slice around it.
don’t forget to pin it!
used to make dinosaur egg popsicles… (the photos are clickable)