Feb

5

 I ordered a few fruit trees today from an orchardist in California and had an interesting conversation with him. I wanted some special plums and noted that the guy also had quite a variety of pluot trees for sale. I have never eaten a plumcot, pluot or aprium and asked his opinion. For those who don't know what I am speaking of, a plumcot is a 50-50 cross between a plum and an apricot. If you then take that and cross it with a plum you get a pluot, which is 75% plum to 25% apricot. Should you have crossed the plumcot with an apricot, you get an aprium, the 75-25 split long the apricot. Think of it as a fruit tree version of pairs trading.

According to that professional orchardist, the pluots of many (most?) growers are really plums masquerading as pluots. California has imposed a tax on the sale of plum trees, but not on pluots. So, surprise, surprise, they're all pluots. The tax police are fighting back with DNA testing for pluots suspected of being plums, and the growers are legally challenging the authority of the state to do the DNA tests.

Oh, when will they ever learn?


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