Tangor, ugli, jostaberry and pluot… these are just a few strangely named hybrid fruits found at the grocery store or farmers market. With eccentric names, hybrids may sound like weird science, but their many cousins and these fruits are natural and more familiar than you might think.
Hybrids do not use genetically altered receptor technology. Hybrids utilize conventional pollination that could normally occur in nature. With pollination, cultivars can breed new generations of fruiting plants with traits that are desirable.
Farmers benefit from fruit crops that are naturally resistant and hearty in cold heat and drought — in addition to generating , higher yields that are consistent with fruit maturation times that are predictable. Because of this, consumers benefit from uniform shapes and fruit sizes, juiciness that is greater taste and nutrition that is better.
Here are 10 hybrid fruits to enhance your shopping list.
Tangor: A cross between a mandarin and an orange — the tangor may seem unfamiliar, but varieties like murcott and temple have been hitting on the produce section of local grocery stores.
Ugli: Botanically Citrus reticulata x paradisi, the”nasty” hybrid of a grapefruit, orange and tangerine, this tangelo from Jamaica reflects more candy tastes from its tangerine ancestry instead of bitter grapefruit. Insert uglis, sectioned or halved , to some salad with avocado, sweet onion, chicory and radicchio.
Jostaberry: Sweeter than its North American and European gooseberry and black currant parents, the jostaberry is a rich, almost black berry using avocado, blueberry and kiwi flavors and packed with vitamin C.
Pluot: A Zaiger trademarked plum and apricot hybridvehicle, it’s bred for smooth skin and super juicy, sweet flesh.
Baby Kiwi: The lineage of this baby kiwi traces back into fuzzy kiwifruit, also known as the Chinese gooseberry. With smooth skin which does not need to be peeled, the typically berry-sized baby kiwi can vary in size, shape, color and taste between producers.
Tayberry: A combination between a red raspberry and blackberry, the tayberry appears like an elongated raspberry with sour flavor.
Limequat: This ripe key lime and kumquat hybrid resembles a tiny oval orange with greenish-yellow skin. In season from mid-fall to sunlight, limequats — with their tart key lime taste — can be eaten whole, in fish or jams or poultry.
Pineberry: A novel cross between white strawberries from Southern Europe and cultivated red strawberries produce this pineapple-flavored berry, normally accessible early May through June.
Orangelo: This hybrid vehicle, considered to be of Puerto Rican origin, is a cross between a grapefruit and an orange, and is sweeter and much more vivid than its own saltwater parent, however, eaten in the same manner.