Monday, April 1, 2013

A is for Apricot

Today's post starts the A to Z Blogging Challenge. I'll be going through the alphabet during the month of April. No posts on Sundays though. The challenge was founded by Arlee Bird. Thank you, Arlee! You can check out  A to Z participants by clicking here. Now, on with the first post. . .

The Blenheim apricot, in particular. It's a smaller apricot, full of intense flavor, whether eaten fresh or dried.

Once upon a time, Hollister was surrounded with Blenheim apricot orchards. And, picking or cutting apricots was often the first job a kid of my generation got. The cut apricots were laid on trays and set to dry naturally in the sun. The few orchardists who are still in business continue the same process today. Two local sources for locally grown apricots are Apricot King and The Farm/Bertuccio's.


  1. I'm not a huge apricot person but the color is pretty.

    Dani @ Entertaining Interests

    1. Couldn't stand the taste of apricots, even these local Blenheims, as a kid. But, today, one of my favorite fruit. The brighter the color of the fruit, the yummier.

  2. That is definitely a lot of apricots! I love them fresh.. but sadly that's not possible in our country.

    1. Dried organic Bleinheims are pretty yummy. Almost as good as fresh.

  3. I wish you could find more places nowadays where fresh fruit is available. They look delicious!

    An A to Z Blogger
    Visions of Other Worlds
    Twitter: @jmarcarelli

    1. I know what you mean. I'm fortunate that we can buy local organic apples several months out of the year.

  4. I'm not a huge fan of apricots except as yogurt and facial scrub. Haha.

  5. Apricots!!! Nectar! HOME!!! (I'm from California, and haven't been home since last century - What a delight your Blog, Photos, beautiful Words are . . .
    Happy AtoZ Month!

  6. MMMMM... apricots, fresh... yum


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