A great source of vitamins A and C, apricots promote eye and skin health, while also boosting the immune system. How could you pass up this mouth-watering, low calorie, healthy snack?
Some varieties you'll find at the farmers' market:
Patterson: Named after the "Apricot capital of the world," Patterson, CA! Firm with good flavor, suited for canning, making sauces, and eating out of hand.
Poppy: Larger than other varieties, firm, early harvest. Light yellow to pale orange, pleasing flavor and aroma.
Blenheim: Slowly disappearing orchards make this apricot a rare and delicious find. Not suited for shipping, major suppliers have switched to other varieties. This variety is still grown by our small California farmers to preserve a variety that should not disappear. With a sweet honey-like, perfectly balanced flavor, it is eaten out of hand and used in home canning and cooking.
Castlebrite: Early-bearing variety that has bright orange fruit with a slight red blush. The medium-sized, firm fruit offers nice flavor, although very tart, unless fully ripe.
"Patterson Apricots are named after Patterson, California, and are the most commonly seen apricots at the market."