Apricots

Apricots

My husband enjoys fruit and eats a lot of it. I don’t, but here’s why. Years ago, my mother had an apricot tree. The ripe fruit from that tree was beyond anything I’d ever tasted before or since. I can still picture it, the spread of the canopy and lovely leaves, what the fruit felt like in my hand, and how much juice each apricot produced. The whole experience of eating a tree-ripened apricot absolutely ruined me for fruit found in most markets today and I find I have little interest in eating any of it. I have a similar reaction to tomatoes and can’t wait til I figure out how best to grow them in my rockbed of a desert garden.

Here is a 2-minute video featuring a blossoming apricot tree. Here’s a 1-minute video on using apricot preserves as a base for baked chicken thighs. Here’s a 2-minute video on how-to-make apricot balls using only dried apricots and coconut.

FunFacts about Apricots: (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: An apricot is a fruit, or the tree that bears the fruit, of several species in the genus Prunus (stone fruits). The apricot is a small tree, 8–12 m (26–39 ft) tall, with a trunk up to 40 cm (16 in) in diameter and a dense, spreading canopy. Usually, an apricot tree is from the species armeniaca, but the species P. brigantina, P. mandshurica, P. mume, and P. sibirica are closely related, have similar fruit, and are also called apricots. (Source)
  • The apricot is known as a ‘stone’ fruit because of its hard pit. Other stone fruits are cherries, plums, nectarines and peaches. They are also called ‘drupes’.
  • The origin of the apricot is disputed, though it was once believed to have originated in Armenia, hence the genus name: P. armeniaca. There are 50 varieties of apricots grown in Armenia today.
  • The apricot is the national fruit of Armenia.
  • Some scientists believe the apricot originated in China, though others believe it was cultivated in India over 5000 years ago.
  • Alexander the Great introduced the apricot to Greece over 2300 years ago.
  • Apricot oil was used in 17th Century England for the treatment of tumors and ulcers.
  • U.S. production of apricots is centered in the west, primarily in California.
  • Apricot cultivars are usually grafted onto peach or plum stocks.
  • Uzbekistan is the world’s top producer of apricots followed by Turkey, Iran and Italy.
  • Raw apricots provide Vitamins A and C.
  • The Chinese associate the apricot with education and medicine. It’s believed that Confucius taught his students in a forum surrounded by the wood of apricot trees. Quote, The term “expert of the apricot grove” (杏林高手) is still used as a poetic reference to physicians. (Source)

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49 thoughts on “Apricots

  1. The only way I like apricots is in flower form, jam or oils. The fruit itself just doesn’t appeal to me. Thanks for all the information though, definitely food for thought! 🙂

    Drea – South-central Arizona

  2. I tend to like apricots as a jam more than eating the fruit. I’m more in the peach camp than the apricot camp, admittedly!

  3. Our tree was very generous this year, so we gave tons of fruit away. I am not a big fan, so I didn’t eat many . Thanks for another informative post!

  4. Love the pictures! Enjoyed watching the videos, I might try the apricot balls. I’ve never had a fresh apricot but I do like to eat the dried ones and like using the jam or a syrup form for cooking.

  5. I love apricots. My mom use to make jam every year when I was younger. She lost her tree during Hurricane Katrina. Love the photos.

  6. The picture of the apricot cake is sure making me hungry this morning! And I hear you on the fruit from the tree. When I was little we had a pear tree and I loved picking and eating them. Pears from the store just aren’t the same. Don’t even come close.

    • Tamara,
      Right, pears! I forgot about eating ripe pears off the tree. OMG the amount of juice that would pour down my fingers! Nothing like the real thing!

      Caris
      Buckeye, Arizona USA

  7. I love all the stone fruit but get my from the grocery store or fruit market, alas. I would love to have trees of every kind to be able to pick when ripe and enjoy the juicy fruit.

  8. I don’t care for apricots. But I love the colors of them and the tree blooming in the video was gorgeous. I have to admit the cake looks delicious though.

  9. I have always loved apricots and apricot jam. Yummy. However, in recent years, I find that the apricots in the grocery stores just are not tasty at all. Several years ago when we took a trip to California, we stopped at a fruit stand and found big, beautiful, and delicious apricots. Oh, how I wish I could find them like that here in Florida.

  10. I haven’t eaten an apricot in so long! I don’t think I’m a huge fruit person, but I usually eat blueberries or pineapple when I do get fruit. I’ll have to expand my purchases in the future.

  11. I like dried apricots and the jam. Haven’t made any. The flowers are pretty and they look good growing on the trees.

  12. Love all the pictures and I do like apricots but not as much as peaches or nectarines. My next door neighbor has apricot trees and unfortunately the birds get them first. I have half eaten apricots in my yard since his trees are close to our property. Nice having fruit trees but very messy! AZ

  13. I love apricots–fresh or dried.

    As for tomatoes, your best bet would be to grow in a large container with potting soil and water frequently, but not too much–keep the soil damp. Two or three containers with one plant per container, and you’ll need a cone-shape support for when they grow tall.

    denise from maryland

    • Denise,
      Thanks for the advice! I’ve watched a few videos and I’m pretty sure I’ll go the container route. I just don’t have enough earth in my rockbed-of-a-garden to give the shrubs what they would need!

      Caris
      Buckeye, Arizona USA

  14. What a lovely fruit! Their flavor is much more intense than a peach, but equally as satisfying.

  15. My grandparents had a huge apricot tree in their yard until I was about 24. The fruit from that tree was heavenly and I still can’t bring myself to eat fresh apricots not straight from the tree. When I rented a house that had an apricot tree, my two large dogs would strip it of any fruit they could reach, even going so far as to climb into the lower limbs. All I got was what grew in the middle, where the birds didn’t get to them. Wonderful memories!

  16. I love a fresh, soft apricot.
    But, I have to peel them.
    Can’t stand eating any fruit skin, especially the fuzzy ones.

    Basically, I’m too lazy to peel enough of them for a cups worth. But once in a while I’ll go for it.

  17. I love fresh fruit, but I never buy store bought apricots. Like you I was spoiled by plump, luscious fruit straight off the tree.

  18. I’m not a fan of apricots. The pictures are all pretty. Strangely, the flowers in the video reminded me of the dog roses.

  19. I enjoy apricots fresh or dried, but my favorite way to eat them is in an apricot bread that my stepmother makes. Your photos are making my mouth water!

  20. I know what you mean about tomatoes. I’ve had the same experience with tree ripened peaches vs store bought. No comparison. We buy organic tomatoes on the vine. They’re delicious.

  21. One way to grow tomatoes is in a 5-gallon bucket. Drill holes in the bottom of the bucket. Mostly fill it with damp potting mix, make a hole in the center, then strip all the lower branches off your plant, bury it so only the top sticks out of the mix, pack the mix around the plant, and water well. The tomato plant will grow roots all along the stem. Provide support for the plant, sunlight (or maybe partial shade at your location), and water as needed. You might want some kind of ground cover to reduce water loss in the desert, or use drip irrigation. Pretty? Nah, but also mobile and reusable.
    As far as apricots go, I never had one fresh off the tree, just dried or preserves.

  22. We had 2 peach trees. Nothing tastes better than a ripe peach fresh off the tree. So I can understand how you feel about your apricots. We also had pear and apple trees, but Sandy destroyed the Apple trees. My aunt had a plum tree. My brother-in-law had an apricot. Unusual for northern climes, and they were delightful.

  23. Seeing the apricots brought back some happy memories from when my mom and aunt use to cut cots here in San Jose, it was after prune season. We picked prunes to make money to buy school clothes each year. Santa Clara County was a big prune area and apricots! My aunt would sneak some in her apron pocket during the day and we knew we would have apricot pie or cobbler! Fresh and if I say so myself it was THE BEST EVER! Each year we would look forward to the good stuff. Wow so many years ago but great memories Thank’s for bringing them back to me! Love and good wishes to you and yours.

  24. I live in Leamington, Southwestern Ontario, Canada. Apricot season is in late August here. My grandmother made so many delicious treats from apricots when I was growing up.

  25. I really enjoy most fruits although Apricots are not in my top 5. I do enjoy apricots dried, also peeled with just a slight sprinkle of sugar.

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