Monday, 13 July 2009 03:00

Tropic Gold Apricot - Loaded!

I had to show you this tree absolutely loaded with fruit!  It looked like a weeping tree 2 weeks ago.  For not thinning anything, the fruit was nice sized too.

Tropic GoldTM produces medium to large, excellent tasting apricots in late June to early July.


As you can see they are yellow with orange cheek.   Fruit is firm and juicy.  Good for fresh eating, canning and dehydrating.  It is self fertile.

A good apricot for mild winter areas. It fruits every year in Camarillo, California where this tree originated.  Another very popular apricot, Blenheim does not consistently fruit in the same location which is what caught our attention to Tropic Gold. Chilling hours is estimated at 350 hours opening up wide areas with mild winter climates to this delicious fruit.

We introduced this tree to the trade in 2005 and sales continue to be ever increasing.

I hope you have a chance to enjoy them.

For more photos of this crop go to Tropic Gold Apricots and Tropic Gold Apricot

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Saturday, 04 July 2009 03:00

4th of July Favorites


For those of us in the U.S., the 4th of July is a special day.  Besides the obvious historical significance, many look forward to this day for the special treats.  Kids love the fireworks (and parents worry about their shingle roofs).  Hot dogs and home made ice cream are at the top of many favorites.

I have one more special remembrance on this day and because of it look forward all year to the 4th of July.

Santa Barbara Peach - Sliced

I had my first taste of Santa Barbara Peach on July 4th - the tree in the test orchard is just a few rows away from my parent's home.

How can I describe it?  Blogs are good for words and photos but not taste and smell.  Think of the sweetest peach you have ever eaten combined with the overwhelming flavor of peach.  A Babcock or Belle of Georgia peach combined with an Elberta or Rio Oso Gem.  Melting in your mouth, dripping with sweetness and flavor. 

Admittedly, I like sweet things.  Others, like my father, like tart fruit with strong flavor.  The Santa Barbara Peach combines the best for both of us. 

This peach is for the homeowner to pick and eat fresh off the tree.  It will never be a farmer's commercial success.  When it is wonderfully ripe, it will soften quickly - think of a puddle of sweet juice on your counter top.  It will not ship or store well.  So don't make a pie from it.  Instead, giggle with pleasure as you wipe the remaining dribbles from your chin.

I hope you someday get a taste of this summer treat and you will forever look forward to its ripening date - which for our climate is around the 4th of July.

Santa Barbara Peach - Sliced

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