Monday, July 30, 2012

Apricots: BEFORE, DURING and AFTER

The joy of edible gardening is watching your plants flower, fruit and grow.

The pain of edible gardening is watching your plants' fruit befall heat, drought, locusts, squirrels and a myriad of other Farmer Bob problems before the darn things are ripe enough to be picked and eaten.  Case in point, our Blenheim Apricot.

BEFORE:  Here is a photo of a blossom from our apricot tree.  The fruit will form around this delicate flower.



DURING SPRING: The fruit has formed and is small, green and hard but already at this size the fruit has its distinctive apricot cleavage line.



DURING SUMMER: The fruit plumps up and softens in June.



AFTER PICKING: And after spending a week in a brown paper bag, the fruit is ripe and orange-colored with a soft rose blush.



AFTER EATING: Homegrown Apricots = delicious joy!



Please try growing these at home.  The pain is--just barely--worth it!