[NAFEX] When to pick apricots
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Sun Jul 19 11:48:09 EDT 2009
I thought I'd offer an update.
I picked some fruit shortly after this post. It never "ripened", but
when it started to shrivel I tried eating some. It wasn't at all
sweet, but it wasn't bitter or astringent, either, and the flavor was
actually pretty good.
I picked some fruit around when I tried eating that. And I picked all
but two of the remaining apricots yesterday. The second batch sort of
ripened, was also not very sweet, but was quite tasty. I ate a lot of
them in one sitting. The third batch was larger than the prior two,
they abviously hadn't finished growing when I started to pick, despite
having almost no green on the fruit. The third batch are still a bit
firm, are sweet, but not very sweet, and are delicious.
There are lots of pits on the ground, and I think the two I left
yesterday are gone. Alas, I'm obviously going to have to pick these
under-ripe. But they are surprisingly tasty even when under-ripe.
and I have a very happy squirrel population. sigh. . .
On Jul 11, 2009, at 1:03 PM, Ginda Fisher wrote:
> Rather to my surprise, my puget gold apricot is still covered with
> fruit. (Yes, I thinned it, but there's lots.) The fruit has turned
> golden, with a red blush. It's still very hard.
> I'm sure it would be best if picked fully tree-ripened, but I doubt
> much will be left if I wait for that. I find pits under the tree
> pretty regularly even with unripe fruit, and I'm over-run with
> chipmunks, squirrels, crows, deer, and lots of other stuff that no
> doubt would enjoy ripe apricots, too. I'll leave some to see if I can
> get some ripe, put if I can pick some earlier, it's probably worth it.
> When might I start picking some? What do you look for?
> eastern MA, zone 6
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