How Many of These Fruits With Stones and Pits Can You Identify?
By: Tasha Moore
About This Quiz
Not too long ago, stone and pitted fruits were mostly associated with warm-weather activities, like cook-outs and pool parties, as these fruits were typically available commercially during the spring and summer seasons only. In the 21st century, however, things have changed quite a bit. See if you can identify some of the new (and not so new) varieties of these fruits that are now available almost all-year-round.
Genetic engineering is no longer a thing of science fiction. Literally, the "fruits" of sciency labor are now available on the shelves at your local market. This test will surely get your creative juices flowing about some of the juiciest foods on the planet!
Some words of advice for the uninitiated foodies: No, plumcot is not a droid from another galaxy sent to earth to spy on cats; it's a stone fruit. Despite what you may have heard, a peacherine is not the new and improved self-playing version of the tambourine instrument. Peacherine is a stone fruit. And the aprium is not a new-age laser procedure to separate unibrows; it's also a stone fruit. Still, recall more familiar stone-fruit favorites along this food quiz journey; you'll take a few laps down that lane, as well. Let's begin!
Which variety of plum is named after its fruit-bearing tree found primarily in Central Europe?
In contrast to European plum varieties, Japanese plums have a longer shelf-life and are more suitable for commercial sale. The Japanese plum was actually first cultivated in China many thousands of years ago.
American rock metal band Warrant sang about which type of pie in a '90s song classic?
Cherries contain vitamin C and polyphenols, which have anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. It has been suggested that regular consumption of cherries may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.
Which stone fruit is a rather huge aspect of a popular novel for grade-schoolers?
"James and the Giant Peach" was made into a film in 1996, and is based on the 1961 novel by British author Roald Dahl. The author mentioned that he'd first set out to write about another stone fruit (the cherry) before changing his mind.
Which hybrid will you get if you cross a plum with an apricot?
Plumcot, pluot and aprium stone fruit hybrids express traits in different variations from their fruit parents. Plumcots are 50-50 plum and apricot, while pluots are more plum than apricot, and apriums are more apricot than plums.
The 1992 film "Lorenzo's Oil" portrays a father who discovers the healing powers of rapeseed and which small fruit in order to cure his sick son?
Consumed regularly, olive oil can help to reduce the risks of heart disease and obesity. It is also believed that extra virgin olive oil helps to preserve memory and protects the brain against neurodegenerative diseases, like Alzheimer's.
"Chaunsa" is the name of which fruit that originated in Multan, Punjab, Pakistan?
Mango is grown abundantly throughout the South Asia region. Climate requirements limit commercial production in the United States; however, California, Florida and Hawaii can grow mangos successfully on the US mainland.
Georgia is known for its abundant crop of which sweet stone fruit favorite?
Georgia is known as the "Peach State," but peach production is also substantial in California, South Carolina and New Jersey. California alone was responsible for producing approximately 49 percent of U.S. peach produce in 2014.
If you like a really tart skin, which apricot/peach/plum hybrid would you probably choose?
Peacotums, peacherines and apriums are considered designer stone fruit breeds since they are genetically engineered. Aside from the tart skin it inherits from the plum, the peacotum boasts the fuzzy skin of the apricot and the sweet flesh of the peach.