When a plum and an apricot are interbred, the result is often known as a plumcot or an apriplum. The offspring of a plumcot or apriplum is then known as a pluot or atrium.
Hybrid v. GMO
Just because pluots are the result of interbreeding between two plant species, don’t go confusing them with genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Interbreeding between species is an ancient practice and pluots have existed for centuries. GMOs, on the other hand, are plants that have had specific changes made to their DNA using genetic engineering. There is nothing natural about such changes, and as yet, there is insufficient evidence regarding the health effects of consuming GMOs.
Considering the fact that they told us for years that hydrogenated vegetable oils were safe to eat, only to find out that the hydrogenated process renders the food unrecognizable to our digestive systems, we recommend staying away from GMOs and sticking with real, whole foods.
Paleo and Carbohydrates
Some people living a Paleo lifestyle like to rant and rave against the evils of sugar, even the natural sugar found in fruit, but there’s more to the story. Fruit contains a form of sugar that our bodies can easily recognize and digest. It also tends to contain a fair amount of fiber, which slows the digestion of those sugars, preventing them from causing a spike in blood sugar.
Of course, everyone is different, so if you notice you feel better without certain fruits in your diet, then by all means don’t eat them. On the other hand, if you’re among those who feel better with a slightly higher carbohydrate content, then natural fruits, such as pluots, can be an excellent way to get those carbs.
Mark Sisson has an excellent post on the difference between hybrid and GMO plants, and why hybrids are not to be feared.