Patterson apricot
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Patterson apricot
Fruit breeders are creating complex interspecific hybrids. The possibilities are promising, but what to call them? Here’s a look at some traditional fruits, and some offbeat varieties. Above: Patterson apricot, the standard commercial variety; sample bought from Pavilions supermarket in West Hollywood. (David Karp / For The Times)
Patterson apricot
Cross-section of a Patterson apricot. (David Karp / For The Times)
Pearl Princess white peach
Cross-section of a Pearl Princess white peach, a variety in commercial production, at the Bradford Genetics breeding and test orchard in Le Grand, Calif. (David Karp / For The Times)
June Flame peach
June Flame (Burpeachsix) peach grown by Tenerelli Orchards in Littlerock, from the Beverly Hills farmers market. (David Karp / For The Times)
June Flame peach
June Flame (Burpeachsix) peach grown by Tenerelli Orchards in Littlerock, from the Beverly Hills farmers market. This specimen was a split-pit. (David Karp / For The Times)
Plum-cherry-apricot-peach hybrid
Plum-cherry-apricot-peach hybrid, mostly plum and cherry, with its bloom naturally rubbed off, at the Zaiger Genetics breeding and test orchard in Modesto. (David Karp / For The Times)
Ruby Kat Pluot
Ruby Kat Pluot (interspecific plum) at the Zaiger Genetics breeding and test orchard in Modesto. (David Karp / For The Times)
Ruby Kat Pluot
Cross-section of a Ruby Kat Pluot (interspecific plum) at the Zaiger Genetics breeding and test orchard in Modesto, (David Karp / For The Times)
Experimental plumcot
Cross-section of an experimental plumcot, interspecific hybrid of Angeleno plum and an unknown apricot, at the Bradford Genetics breeding and test orchard in Le Grand. This selection is primarily plum in character, but combines aspects of both fruits (dark skin and yellow flesh from the plum, light fuzz from the apricot). (David Karp / For The Times)
A standard plum
Owen T plum, a standard plum bred by David Ramming of the U.S. Department of Agriculture; sample bought from Pavilions supermarket in West Hollywood. (David Karp / For The Times)
A standard plum
Cross-secton of a standard plum bred by David Ramming of the U.S. Department of Agriculture; sample bought from Pavilions supermarket in West Hollywood. (David Karp / For The Times)
Flat peacotum
Flat peacotum -- interspecific peach-apricot-plum hybrid -- at the Zaiger Genetics breeding and test orchard in Modesto. (David Karp / For The Times)
Flat peacotum
Another view of a flat peacotum (interspecific peach-apricot-plum hybrid), at the Zaiger Genetics breeding and test orchard in Modesto. (David Karp / For The Times)
Experimental aprium
Experimental aprium -- interspecific hybrid of apricot and plum, mostly apricot in character -- at the Zaiger Genetics breeding and test orchard in Modesto. (David Karp / For The Times)
Experimental plumcot
Experimental plumcot, interspecific hybrid of Angeleno plum and an unknown apricot, at the Bradford Genetics breeding and test orchard in Le Grand. This selection is primarily plum in character, but combines aspects of both fruits (dark skin and yellow flesh from the plum, light fuzz from the apricot). (David Karp / For The Times)
Peach-apricot-plum hybrid
Peach-apricot-plum hybrid, or Peacotum, with fuzz and plum characteristics, and so known to the breeders as a “pubescent plum,” at the Zaiger Genetics breeding and test orchard in Modesto. (David Karp / For The Times)
Mango nectarines
So-called mango nectarines grown by Scott Farms in Dinuba, Calif., at the Santa Monica Farmers Market. (David Karp / For The Times)
Cherry-plum hybrid
Interspecific cherry-plum hybrid “Cherum” -- three quarters cherry, one quarter plum -- at the Zaiger Genetics breeding and test orchard in Modesto. (David Karp / For The Times)
Cherub
Cherub, interspecific hybrid of cherry and plum bred by Zaiger Genetics of Modesto, sold by Abundant Harvest Organics at the second annual Organic Stone Fruit Jubilee at the Mokichi Okada Assn. Oasis Garden in Clovis, Calif. (David Karp / For The Times)
Cherry-plum hybrid
Cherry-plum hybrid at the Zaiger Genetics experimental orchard in Modesto. (David Karp / For The Times)
Interspecific hybrid of plum and apricot
Interspecific hybrid of plum and apricot, primarily plum in character, but combining aspects of both (dark, smooth skin and red flesh from the plum; seed looks like an apricot’s), at the Bradford Genetics breeding and test orchard in Le Grand. (David Karp / For The Times)
Peach-apricot-plum hybrid
Peach-apricot-plum hybrid, or Peacotum, with fuzz and plum characteristics, and so known to the breeders as a “pubescent plum,” at the Zaiger Genetics breeding and test orchard in Modesto. (David Karp / For The Times)
Experimental aprium
Experimental aprium -- interspecific hybrid of apricot and plum, mostly apricot in character -- at the Zaiger Genetics breeding and test orchard in Modesto. (David Karp / For The Times)
Black velvet plumcot
Black velvet plumcot -- a 50/50 hybrid of plum and apricot, from Bradford Genetics -- is sold by its exclusive California grower and marketer as a black velvet apricot. (David Karp / For The Times)
Strawberry cherries
So-called strawberry cherries, a marketing name for a variety grown in Washington state. (David Karp / For The Times)
Experimental aprium
Experimental aprium (interspecific hybrid of apricot and plum, mostly apricot in character) at the Zaiger Genetics breeding and test orchard in Modesto. (David Karp / For The Times)
Plum-cherry-apricot-peach hybrid
Plum-cherry-apricot-peach hybrid, mostly plum and cherry, with its bloom rubbed off; at the Zaiger Genetics breeding and test orchard in Modesto. (David Karp / For The Times)
Spice Zee nectaplum
Spice Zee nectaplums, a hybrid of nectarine and plum, grown by Kashiwase Farms in Winton, Calif.; sold at Saturday Ferry Plaza Farmers Market in San Francisco. (David Karp / For The Times)
Experimental white nectarine
Experimental white nectarine at the Bradford Genetics breeding and test orchard in Le Grand. (David Karp / For The Times)
Ruby Kat Pluot
Ruby Kat Pluot, interspecific plum, at the Zaiger Genetics breeding and test orchard in Modesto. (David Karp / For The Times)
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