We all know that disappointing feeling when you pick up a punnet of plums from the supermarket only to get home, take a bite and taste nothing but sour skin and watery fruit. That’s where the Metis (pronounced meh-tees) comes in…
To keep up with demand for consistently delicious plums, the Glen Bradford family of California, who are usually known for peaches and nectarines, started a programme of agricultural research with the University of Florida.
Years later and they have finally discovered the perfect result – an apricot-plum hybrid, called a Metis.
Grown on a beautiful orchard just outside of Seville in Spain, the Metis is bigger, sweeter and more fragrant than a normal plum or apricot. Local farmers use as little pesticides as possible to grow the fruits, instead keeping large birds near the orchards to combat pests, or hanging insect traps from the trees.
Using bees for natural cross-pollination, the farmers were able to mix fruits with different tastes, colours and sizes. The result – four varieties of Metis: Oxy, Tonic, Safari and Aroma – are each available to harvest at different times of year.
What does a Metis taste like?
The firm peel of a Metis tastes sharp, similar to an under-ripe plum, but the inside has a rich honey-like sweetness. Don’t be put off by the harder skin, this simply keeps them more protected in your lunchbox, take one bite and you’ll reveal a soft, juicy centre.
What makes it a healthy choice?
A serving of two Metis contains only 80 calories, 0.8g fat and 3g dietary fibre. This fibre will keep you feeling fuller for longer as it’s digested slower than simple carbohydrates.
Where can I buy Metis?
Metis® is available from Tesco, Asda and Morrisons.