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The apricot is native to a continental climate region with cold winters, though it can grow in Mediterranean climates very well. Apricot trees are slightly more cold-hardy than peach trees, but they tend to flower very early, meaning spring frost often kills the flowers. One of the most sought-after local apricots, the Blenheim or Royal apricot, was introduced to California in the 1880s, and by the 1920s the variety dominated a thriving dried apricot industry, blanketing the Santa Clara Valley. Most of the original Blenheim orchards have been paved over, but a few farmers still grow the intensely flavorful variety.

In Season

May, June, July

Recipes with Apricots

Labneh Cheesecake with Roasted Apricots, Honey, and Cardamom

Sami Tamimi and Tara Wigley, Falastin

Apricot Turmeric Agua Fresca

Sana Javeri Kadri, Diaspora Co.

Mario_Frog Hollow Farm

Early Spring Frog Hollow Salad

Mario Ishii Hernandez, Frog Hollow Farm

Apricot Jam

Ze Lin Xiao, Preserves Contest Winner

Articles about Apricots

June 29, 2012

The Sweet Spot: Stone Fruit Tour in the San Joaquin Valley

On a recent farm tour, CUESA adventurers journeyed to some of the sweetest farms in the San Joaquin Valley.

June 29, 2012

Sweetness & Light: The Making of CandyCots

The fascinating story of CandyCot apricots, an eagerly anticipated summer treat, begins more than 6,000 miles away.

June 01, 2012

Springing Forward into Summer

Summer is almost here! What farmers market treats are you looking forward to? We’ll give you the inside scoop on the season’s gems.

March 04, 2011

The Stone Fruit Gamble

Bad weather can damage fruit blossoms, leading to lower yields or lost crops.

January 15, 2010

Testing New Products in the Market

For many farmers and artisans, the market serves as a kind of year-round focus group, where customers shape products, choose varieties, and help business owners’ visions expand.


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