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!
Hass avocados make up 95 percent of total avocado consumption in the United States. The Hass avocado craze began in the early 2000s, and US consumption continues to grow every year.
Dried apricots can satisfy any sugar craving. The dried fruit is high in natural, low-glycemic sugar.
Olives were first cultivated on the island of Crete in 3000 B.C. Both the olive fruit and oil are key components of the Mediterranean diet.
Growers spliced the names plum and apricot for the tasty pluot hybrid. The Dapple Dandy pluot's splotchy skin is akin to that of a prehistoric dinosaur egg.
Lychee is a great source of antioxidants and minerals. In particular, lychee seeds are used in Chinese medicine to treat ailments such as liver disease, viral infection and hyperglycemia.
Botanists cross certain breeds of plum and apricot to achieve specific flavors in a newer breed. This kind of breeding tends to yield fruits with a sweeter juice content.
Although they are rare, seedless lychees are grown naturally. This variety is an export of the southern Chinese island of Hainan.
The soft, sweet flesh of the Sindhri mango causes it to ripen quickly. This mango crop is most abundant during June and July.
Mango is a hugely popular tropical fruit. It is a member of the cashew family (Anacardiaceae).
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.
Avocado oil is considered a heart-healthy alternative for cooking oil. Zutano avocados have a lower oil content and higher water content than other types of avocados.
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.
When pimientos were first paired with olives, each pimiento was stuffed into an olive by hand. "Pimiento" is from the Spanish word for "pepper," yet pimientos are usually mild in flavor.
Extra-virgin types of this oil have beneficial fats and loads of antioxidants. Cooking extra virgin olive oil tends to produce more smoke than other cooking oils.
Guangdong has one of the longest coastlines and is one of the southernmost provinces in mainland China, making it a location ideal for trading lychees.
Peaches are the most widely eaten fruit in desserts. Vitamin A is abundant in peaches, especially those with yellow flesh.
Peaches and nectarines are genetically similar fruits. It is believed that a the fuzz-less skin of the nectarine is due to a recessive genetic trait.
The Gir Kesar mango is India's second-largest mango export. Gir Kesar mango is oval-shaped and has a distinctive curved tip.
Ripe avocados, onion, cilantro, garlic and lime are the five basic ingredients for guacamole. The ancient Aztecs were the first to create such an amazing, yet simple dish.
"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.
Prunes are known to have laxative properties. Drinking prune juice can help to relieve chronic constipation symptoms.
Freestone fruits have flesh that easily separates from the stone. On the other hand, clingstone fruit flesh tends to cling to its stone.
It takes approximately 2 to 3 years for the Burgundy plum to bear fruit.
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.
Fresh olives in their natural state are too bitter to eat. Salt processing greatly diminishes the bitter flavors.
"Interspecific" means that which exists among members of different species. In the nectaplum, nectarine and plum qualities are more detectable than its peach traits.
Although the beverages are sold commercially, cherry plum wine and brandy are easy to make at home. Tart unripened cherry plums are eaten with salt as a snack in the Middle East.
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.
To "cherry-pick," means to pick the best or most desirable. "Cherry-picking" was first used in a New York Times ad in the year 1965.
If you ever want to bulk up, consider eating avocados. One cup, or approximately 146 grams, of avocado has roughly 235 calories.
Edible lychees are usually imported into the US as canned, dried or whole fruits. California, Florida and Hawaii produce lychees domestically.
Because apricots and plums are genetically similar, pluot hybrids are possible. Technically, pluots are 75 percent plum and 25 percent apricot.
Turkey and Iran are the world's largest producers of apricots. California is the largest producer of the fruit domestically.
The Saturn peach tends to be a good marketing asset for commercial peach sales, in general. Peaches are so popular these days. You can find peaches blended into sorbets, beers and beauty products!
The reed avocado can weigh a pound or more and usually has a round shape.
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 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.
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.
There is a cherry pie recipe named for the first president. Some recipe variations for this treat call for tart cherries to balance out the generous heaps of sweet sugar the recipes also recommend.
The avocado is a fruit, and not a vegetable. It is native to the region that spans from southern Mexico to the Andes mountains.