[NAFEX] apricots and sweetness

Diane Whitehead voltaire at islandnet.com
Mon Aug 16 13:46:02 EDT 2004


Apricots are not grown commercially here on the coast, and I know of 
only one private tree, espaliered on the south wall of a house, so I 
have never eaten an apricot that has been ripened on the tree.  I 
have bottled many cases of apricots from the interior valley.  Some 
years these were picked too green to ripen well, but in all cases, 
they were hard when picked and I had to spread them out in the house 
and wait for them to "ripen" before bottling.  We prefer them bottled 
to fresh, and this may be because they are rather mealy when fresh 
and are juicier when bottled.  I think the flavour is more intense 
when bottled also, but it is rather hard to separate texture and 
flavour, so that may not really be so.

Diane Whitehead  Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
maritime zone 8
cool mediterranean climate (dry summer, rainy winter - 68 cm annually)
sandy soil

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