Today I harvested one of the most classic varieties.
It is quite curious, because the harvest date of all pluot varieties in my region coincides with the final harvest date indicated by Dave Wilson in California, however the Dapple Dandy variety is harvested later here.
Dapple Dandy is perhaps the handsome, slightly underrated brother of the family.
I consider the entire Dapple series (all 5 varieties) to be very good pluots.
I couldn’t resist the temptation of picking up a few Flavor King, although they still need a few days to reach their full flavor, but they are already delicious.
Dapple Dandy is a large caliber variety, very aesthetically beautiful both the skin and the flesh, and has a very good flavor and texture, it does not reach the spicy flavor of Flavor Supreme or Flavor King, but it is very very good.
I am in a very marginal climate for pluots. I have a few grafts of Flavor King, Flavor Supreme, Flavor Queen and Dapple Dandy that have all grown really well, but Dapple Dandy is the only one that fruits (fairly) reliably. I like the flavor a lot. I have a new hillside property with hopefully better prospects for escaping spring frosts, I’ve already planted one Dapple Dandy and will plant a few more this spring if I finally get a water well drilled out there.
DD is productive. But for my taste the flavor is marginal. There are better things to eat in that time frame. My tree died after about 8 years and that variety won’t be replaced. I guess I’m a picky eater…
Hi Steven, it’s not a question of picky eaters, or a gournet palate hahaha.
It’s about the fact that like me, you have tried fantastic varieties, so you are looking for excellence in flavor, and at this time of year there are some nectarines with incredible flavors, and only in a few days does the pluot Flavor Treat ripen, which is a variety that is at the top of the pluots flavor pyramid.