Cotton Candy Grapes and 8 Other Unusual Fruit and Vegetable Hybrids


Cronuts aren't the only hybrid food gaining attention (and popularity) these days. In addition to recent combinations like Wonuts and Quesaritos, it seems more produce is also being combined to make exciting hybrid fruits and vegetables. You may be familiar with broccolini and plumcots, but what about the latest craze: Cotton Candy grapes?

Plant breeders in California have created a grape that tastes like the favorite fair treat. Horticulturist David Cain says he wants to provide the same variety you find for apples at the store for grapes as well. He told NPR's The Salt that he's not doing this artificially—he's using plant breeding. The Cotton Candy grape has been available since 2011, but sales have been so great that the distributor has increased production this year, which may be the reason why you see more Cotton Candy grapes hitting the produce aisle.

Check out the slideshow above for more on cotton candy grapes, and to discover 7 other wild fruit and vegetable hybrids out there.

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