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Plerries have a globose form and a small to medium size measuring approximately an inch and a half in diameter. Their smooth skin is shiny and boasts a burgundy color splashed with yellow and faint speckles. The tender, yellow-red flesh of the Plerry surrounds a rounded clingstone pit and offers a balanced flavor profile of sweet and acidic plum flavor. Plerries are firm when ripe and can stay on the tree up to three weeks after fully ripening and still maintain excellent fruit eating and shipping quality.
Plerries are available in the summer months.
Plerries are an interspecific plum/cherry hybrid botanically known as a part of the genus Prunus and a member of the Rosaceae family. In recent years plant breeders have been focusing on creating new and improved hybrids of popular stonefruits such as cherries, apricots, peaches, and plums. The Plerry is one of a handful of plum/cherry hybrids created to have not only a high quality flavor but to also be heavy and consistent bearers of fruit that exhibits excellent shipping qualities. Creator Zaiger Genetics has recently trademarked their Plerry type fruit under the name pluerry and they currently offer two cultivars, the candy heart, and the sweet treat. Plerries can also be found sold under the Plerry name depending upon the grower selling them.
Plerries offer many of the same nutritional benefits of plums such as dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin K, and anthocyanins which demonstrate antioxidant activity.
Having many similarities to the common plum, Plerries can be used in most applications that call for plum. Peel and cook down Plerries to make Plerry jams and jellies or Plerry sauce and syrup. Slice Plerries and add to fruit salad or incorporate into a yogurt parfait. Plerries shine in baked desert applications such as crumbles, crisps, cobblers, tortes, cakes, and tarts. Plerries can also be used to make sorbets and ice cream. Once harvested keep Plerries refrigerated and use within a three weeks.
The Plerry was developed using interspecific hybrid breeding, a process of crossing two or more species to create new fruit types with desirable characteristics regarding flavor, color, texture, size, and aroma. Zaiger genetics have specialized in this interspecific breeding and use natural, non-GMO methods to create exceptional new stone fruit varieties such as a Plerries.
The Plerry was created around 2010 by Zaiger Genetics of Modesto, California. Plerry is one of the original names given to a number of interspecific plum/cherry hybrids by creator Zaiger Genetics. When the cross yielded fruit with dominant cherry genes, it was at first called cherum, when the cross yielded predominately plum genes it was at first called Plerry. From these crosses, the Zaigers applied for a trademark under the name pluerry to refer to their plum dominant cherry/plum crosses, and pixie sweet to refer to their cherry dominant cherry/plum crosses. Farmers Market type growers can buy a certain amount of both licensed trees each year to commercially produce the fruits which are then sold under the names pluerry, pixie sweet, cherrium, cherub, and of course Plerry.