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Plums and Pluots

Santa Rosa plums in a basket

 

Plums range in color from yellow to green to red to purple and historically grew wild across Europe, Asia and North America. At Frog Hollow we've planted two varieties of plums at the opposite end of the spectrum from one another in color and texture. Our pluots varieties however threaten to steal the show entirely. A cross between plums and apricots, the pluot is quickly becoming one of the best known hybrid fruits available today. In addition to our two plum varieties, we grow five varieties of pluots and our typical harvest runs from late June to late September.

Santa Rosa

Famed California horticulturist Luther Burbank bred this plum in his Santa Rosa plant research center. Red-skinned with a purple bloom, its amber flesh gets flushed with red. It's plump perfection with tender flesh that's extremely sweet and juicy. A bit of tartness in the skin balances out the sweetness. Santa Rosas are available late June to early July.

Dapple Dandy

Playfully called the "dinosaur egg" pluot, the Dapple Dandy has marbled pink and green skin over delicate white flesh threaded with rose. Kids especially love this pluot for its distinctive coloration and the lack of tartness in the skin. Dapple Dandy pluots are available mid-July to early August.

Flavor King

The best pluot variety we grow! A dark-skinned pluot with red flesh, it has an intense rich flavor combined with sweet, spicy tones that are reminiscent of the Santa Rosa. A nice acid bite and firm texture that softens beautifully as the fruit continues to ripen, the Flavor King is amazing out of hand and equally good for baking. They come off the tree right at the peak of our August harvest harvested along with some of our other best varieties like the O'Henry and the Cal Red. Flavor Kings are available early to mid-August.

Flavor Heart

The Flavor Heart gets its name from its distinctively tapered shape. Its meaty, pale yellow flesh is very low in acid and the sweetness and color contrasts strikingly with its dark purple almost black skin. The Flavor Heart is quickly becoming a favorite amongst our pluot fans. Flavor Hearts are available early to mid-August.

Emerald Beaut

A freestone plum, the Emerald Beaut is a delicate green that turns golden with a hint of a blush. It has a firmer texture than the Santa Rosa with a crisp almost crunchy mouthfeel. One of our most hardy fruit, the Emerald Beaut just gets sweeter and sweeter without losing texture as it ages. Emerald Beauts are available mid to late September.

Flavor Fall and Flavor Treat

These large, late-season pluots are similar in both taste and texture. They're reddish-purple over tender, yellow flesh that's extremely juicy. One of our last stone-fruits of the season, the Flavor Fall and Flavor Treat are a welcome reminder of the height of summer. The Flavor Fall and Flavor Treat are available late September to mid-October.