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Aprium Fruit Info & Arpium Fiber Bran Muffin Recipe

An aprium is a complex hybrid fruit that is a cross between an apricot and a plum. It is 75% apricot and 25% plum. Similar to apricots, apriums have a smooth, slightly fuzzy outer skin. They are dense on the inside. Apriums are known for their sweetness and distinctive flavor. The flavor is that of a much sweeter apricot with just a hint of plum. The sugar content of the aprium is much higher than that of a plum or apricot alone. The fruit can be eaten alone, in salads, sauces, breads, and desserts. It also makes an excellent sweetener for other foods. Apriums are typically only available in the United States during the month of June.

The aprium is a creation produced in the late 1980s by the biologist, Floyd Zaiger. Other similar hybrid varieties are the Pluot and the Plumcot. The Aprium and Pluot names are registered trademarks of Zaiger Genetics. The company which developed these complex hybrids fruits refers to them as an “interspecific,” a mix of two or more species of fruit.

Aprium Bran Muffins

Recipe Summary:
Preparation Time: 25 minutes
Number of Servings: 9
Cups of Fruits and Vegetables Per Person: 1.00
Dietary Fiber: 4g
Protein: 5g
Calories: 260

Ingredients:
1 14-ounce box oat bran muffin mix
3/4 cup apple juice
18 finely chopped fresh apriums

Directions:
Preheat oven to 425 ºF. Lightly coat about 9 muffin cups with nonstick spray. In medium bowl, combine muffin mix and juice until just moistened. Stir in apriums and raisins. Spoon batter into muffin cups until full. Bake 14 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove muffins from pan and cool on wire rack.

Tip: For added fiber sprinkle in a tablespoon or two of ground flaxseed.

source: www.cdc.gov