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.
Recipes with Apricots
Heather Terhune, BDK
Laura Werlin, author of the All American Cheese and Wine Book
John Toulze, the girl and the fig
Daniel Capra, Paula LeDuc Fine Catering.
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