[NAFEX] apricots and sweetness

Mark Lee markl at nytec.com
Mon Aug 16 14:13:11 EDT 2004

The variety I am most impressed with is called Wesley Apricot.  This is
from trees located in Mt Vernon, Washington, on the wet and cool side of
the Cascade Mountains.  On the other side of the Cascades, apricots are
no problem to grow.  But on this side of the Cascades (west), growing a
sweet apricot is unusual.  That is why I am posting this message about
Wesley Apricot.  I expect Raintree will be selling it soon.
-Mark Lee, Seattle

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[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Diane Whitehead
Sent: Monday, August 16, 2004 10:46 AM
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Subject: Re: [NAFEX] apricots and sweetness


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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