For years I let the apricot be an afterthought in my life. I know it's sad. I think it may have been from some jam I had years ago that I didn't care for. I can't remember ever having a fresh apricot growing up. A few years ago I start expanding my horizons in the stone fruit world to go beyond peaches and nectarines, and now apricots do have a place in my household. A well deserved place at that.
Not all apricots are the same. In recent years new exciting varieties have been released - one of them being the Angelcot® from Frieda's Produce. These I recently got to try out. Right away you will notice a different - the skin is much lighter in color, almost white - not the usual orange hue. They come packaged in 1 lb clamshells, where they are referred to as "Mother Nature's Juiciest Apricot" and "Heavenly White Apricots". They are grown by F. A. Maggiore & Sons in Brentwood, California and distributed by Frieda's. The variety was developed by Ross Sanborn from Iranian and Moroccan seeds.
What do they taste like? They are super sweet with a honey like taste. They are quite juicy and aren't measly like a lot of the large apricot varieties you find in most stores. I think that is what turns people off to apricots. That and the flavor not being what it was. A move to San Joaquin Valley for cheaper land to grow on has caused varieties such as the Blenheim, that were flavorful to be replaced by varieties that could stand up to the heat in that area. These varieties don't match up in the flavor department (read more about this in this New York Times article).
Angelcots are great to enjoy right out of hand or...
Slice them up and mix them with vanilla bean ice cream with a good wildflower honey drizzled on top! Now that is what I call a summer time treat.
Where to Find Angelcots®
Angelcots are available at Trader Joe's stores nationwide. They are also available at these locations while supplies last. The season runs from mid-June to beginning of July. Get to the store fast!
Whole Foods (confirmed in Ann Arbor, Michigan)
Shop N Save
Lowe’s Food Stores
Central Market San Antonio
Central Market Houston
AF Fresh Market
Salt Lake City
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