[NAFEX] apricots and sweetness
markl at nytec.com
Mon Aug 16 11:43:25 EDT 2004
I have read about apricots being sweet or super sweet, but every fresh
apricot I have tried recently has been a disappointment. I have tried
fresh apricots from various trees around town, but they were all bland.
I paid a premium for some at a farmers market. These were billed as
super sweet. That farmer had some really nice peaches, but the apricots
only tasted slightly fruity and not at all sweet. Not something I would
seek out again. I was starting to think maybe there is a genetic thing
going on with my tastebuds that makes fresh apricots seem bland to me.
That's what I was thinking until I tasted some new apricot varieties
straight off the tree at a Washington State University field day held
over the weekend in Mt Vernon. I am trying to track down the name of
the varieties, but these apricots were super sweet as advertised. I
wonder if the sweetness in apricots rapidly decreases after the fruit is
picked. I know that sweet corn works that way (sugars turn to starch if
not eaten soon after picking). I may grow some apricots now after
having a good experience with them fresh off the tree.
Has anyone noticed super sweet apricots losing sweetness after sitting
around off the tree for a few days?
-Mark Lee, Seattle
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