Picking Apricots

It's apricot season in Albuquerque. Whether it's you, your neighbor, or your friend, chances are there's an apricot tree in your life laden with overripe fruit this week. Now.

I've tried (and failed) at plenty of canning endeavors. This is the best apricot preserves recipe I've come across. It's fool-proof and not overly sweet which is just the way I like it.

And here's an apricot tart I've made nearly 50 times since moving to Albuquerque, land of the apricots. I brought it to the opera. I brought it to Alma's house. I brought it to the blogger board meeting just yesterday. Nobody's complained so far, so I suggest giving it a whirl if you're knee-deep in Prunus armeniaca.

This Saturday, I picked apricots all day long like a down-home country girl in the thick of harvest season. I picked apricots at Phil's house behind mine where we accomplished gravity-defying feats with ladders in a 30 foot tree. Later, I stood atop a garbage can at Jordon's place 2 doors down and harvested 5 pounds of almost ripe apricots. And finally, I drove over to Sarah's house with Spring where fat apricots nearly dripped off the tree.

All told, I've got 20 pounds of apricots with which to get creative.

So I'm canning like a doomsday hoarder and wondering how sundried apricots might taste if ants don't get to them first.

In the meantime, if you're new to Albuquerque and looking for easy fruit, plant an apricot tree. And come next year if you're overladen, you'll know which sucker to call for help with the harvest.

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Comment by bonnie on June 30, 2008 at 10:18am
Chantal, you could dry them with a commercial food dehydrator, or use the Alton Brown trick of drying them with a regular box fan and air filters. Check it out... http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recipes/recipe/0,1977,FOOD_9936_31151,00.html
Comment by Kelly on June 30, 2008 at 10:29am
I made awesome fruit leather in my dehydrator from the apricots from my behind neighbor's tree. Plus there's a great recipe for a basic fruit topped cake in the Joy of Cooking that I love - I make it with plums and/or apricots. Delish!
Comment by Lady Noodle on June 30, 2008 at 10:51am
My mom used to make an amazing apricot-pineapple jam.
Comment by Snak on June 30, 2008 at 11:39am
Hey, I'll trade you some sweet cherries from my tree for some of those gorgeous apricots! Mmmm, now you've got me dreaming of apricot-cherry cobbler....
Comment by Brendan on June 30, 2008 at 12:03pm
Chantal, if you want another 10 pounds I have two trees that are just about ready to drop their fruit. I provide ladders- you pick :-)
Comment by Michael P. "Martini Mike" D'Arco on June 30, 2008 at 12:31pm
Oh I hear ya & feel your pain. I could not give enough away from the tree in my last yard. I know this may come as a surprise but... we used to have Apricot Daquiri parties even! Apricot Salsa. Apricot Pie. Apricot anything. Bags to work. Bags to all visitors. Miracle Grow bad. ;)
Comment by mombat on June 30, 2008 at 12:48pm
We picked apricots, peaches and blackberries yesterday at a friends house and then made jam and a really good peach cobbler. I love stone fruit season. Our tree is still a baby.
Comment by terraambient on June 30, 2008 at 1:04pm
Hey, C-
Ill buy some off of you. I looooooove apricots. I need to get me yon apricot tree. :)
Comment by akoolstik on June 30, 2008 at 1:10pm
the late freeak hail freeze is not freak. it has hit us 3 of the last 5 years. this year it merely crippled our tree. this year, the tree produced about 1/4 of last years fruit, and they arent quite as good as last year. but they aren't bad either!
Comment by Gemini Goddess on June 30, 2008 at 1:39pm
I miss my apricot tree, well the one at my parents' place. It finally died. So no more apricots! Warm apricot jam on some vanilla ice cream...YUMMY!


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