Mellow, Sweet and a Little Tart
Apricots are drupes, or stone fruits, and are closely related to cherries, peaches and nectarines. Apricots are golden yellow to almost orange, with an occasional red blush on their cheeks.
The history of apricots is unclear, with sources linking its origin to China, India, Armenia and Persia. Apricots are the first fruit tree to bloom in Washington State, sometimes with snow still surrounding the area. Apricots are smaller in size than other stone fruits, and have a mellow sweet flavor, some tartness and a smooth finish.
The majority of Stemilt’s apricots are organic apricots. All of Stemilt’s apricots are grown in Washington State.
Exterior: Bright yellow to orange, with a slight red blush; slight fuzz on skin
Interior: Flesh is bright yellow-orange and soft
Experience: Mellow sweet and slightly tart flavor with a silky-smooth finish
Stemilt grows its apricots organically under the Artisan OrganicsTM label. You'll also find Stemilt apricots under the Stemilt label.
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How to use Apricots
When can I find Apricots ?
The majority of Stemilt’s apricots are grown organically. Look for our Washington-grown apricots from mid-June to early August.
- Apricots are very popular fruits for preservation.
- In Latin, “apricot” means “precious.”
- The Chinese associate apricots with education and medicine.
- In Armenia, the wood of the apricot tree is used for making wood carvings like the duduk, a popular wind instrument.
- In English folklore, dreaming of apricots is said to be good luck.