Apricots

Apricots

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

Apricot Coins and Monterey Jack-Emmentaler Fondue with Fennel and Tomatoes

Laura Werlin, author of the All American Cheese and Wine Book

Stone Fruit Clafouti with Lemon Verbena Gelato

John Toulze, the girl and the fig

Poached Apricots and Walnut Crisps

Daniel Capra, Paula LeDuc Fine Catering.

Stone Fruit Bruschetta with Crème Fraîche Ice Cream

Elise Fineberg, Taste Catering

Articles about Apricots

August 15, 2014

10 Ways Farmers Are Saving Water

As California faces a historic drought, sustainability-minded farmers are using an arsenal of methods to conserve water.

August 08, 2014

Breeding a Better Chicken at Eatwell Farm

Eatwell Farm embarks on breeding their own heritage flock.

August 04, 2014

National Farmers Market Week

National Farmers Market Week is August 3-9! Celebrate by pledging your support for local farms and communities.

August 01, 2014

Rabbits, Pigs, and Herbs in Marin County

Take a behind-the-scenes look at Devil’s Gulch Ranch and Allstar Organics in Nicasio.

July 31, 2014

Volunteers of the Month: Summer Interns

CUESA says farewell and thanks to our summer interns, Sarah, Henry, and Janelle.

About CUESA

CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is dedicated to cultivating a sustainable food system through the operation of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and its educational programs. Learn More »