No, it’s not the name of some blaxploitation flick of the early 70’s, it’s a (relatively) new stone fruit hybrid that I’m nuts about. I’ve been seeing these more and more in the last five years or so, these black apricots with a slightly fuzzy, profoundly purple skin, so purple they’re almost black. I bet Prince would love ’em!
Apparently it’s a hybrid of an apricot (not sure which variety) with a black plum; it’s got the light downy skin of an apricot but the bright orange, juicy flesh is reminiscent of the tender, almost translucent meat of a dark plum. They are quite sweet but the skin retains enough of a tart edge to balance the flavor. They are delicious!
|Beautiful and Delicious. Just let your soul glow.|
I’ve been finding them at Gelson’s, but if you can’t find them commercially where you live you can order them online from Melissa’s Produce. Link: http://www.melissas.com/Products/Products/Black-Velvet-Apricots.aspx
I’ve been eating them raw so far, but I’m thinking about cooking them. Haven’t decided how…