Apricot Trees and Recipes
|Our tree after I'd picked most of the fruit|
Heidi Gilemeister, whose book introduced me to the Mediterranean Garden Society, writes that an apricot tree lights up the garden in late winter with its early blooms and goes on to say that one should be careful when planting an apricot tree as they need to have very good drainage. She recommends plums as being hardier. I have never been in
|Early spring blossoms|
|Takis cutting up apricots for jam|
Eating and Preserving
1. Some of the Best
|Frozen Apricot Compote|
|A Linzer Torte|
4. Apricot and Citrus Fruit Butter
1/5 kg (3lb 5oz) halved and stoned apricots
Combine apricots, orange juice and zest, and lemon juice in a large saucepan.
(A note: Takis and I reuse jam jars and their lids. This may not be recommended practice but works for us. And the jars do not all seal, but most do. Also we both have different ways of sterilizing and heating our jars. I just use the hot water from the tap. He puts his jars in the oven to heat up.)
Books Referred to
Sally Wise, A year in a Bottle, Sally Wise, an ABC Book
Heidi Gildemeister, Gardening the Mediterranean Way: Practical Solutions for Summer-dry Climates, Thames and Hudson.