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A Little Apricot History

good-humus-apricotsfrom Good Humus Produce, courtesy of  Capay Valley Farm Shop

A combination of Royal and Blenheim Apricots From the Luxemburg Gardens in Paris to England’s Blenheim Palace to the imperiled orchards of Brentwood and ”˜Gilroy, California’s finest apricot has had a long journey. Whether you call it the Blenheim, the Royal or, covering all bases, the Royal Blenheim, this petite but sublime variety, compensates with great taste for what is lacks in good looks.

Blenheim Apricot

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How to Care for Your Peach

For many a peach eater, the stone fruit season is a quest in capturing a taste experience, be it from childhood or last year. “Smell is a potent wizard that transports us across thousands of miles and all the years we have lived. The odors of fruits waft me to my southern home, to my childhood frolics in the peach orchard,” wrote Helen Keller about sense memory. For me, jarring peaches is a ritual in capturing a season. An afternoon spent with the smell of fruit and syrup, the way they slip out of their skins and how the finished peaches in Ball jars look so picturesque and Martha Stewarty. I’m all set with my apron, my jazz, my sugar, my sterilized jars, and a box of Red Haven Peaches.

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Elephant Heart Plum

The Elephant Heart Plum is yet another Luther Burbank invention. Burbank had a Midas touch in plant breeding. He began with a dozen plum seeds from Japan - a distant exotic land in 1880. And now almost all plums hail from these Japanese ancestors. Elephant Heart or blood plums are a rich visual and taste sensation. So juicy one should be prepared with a napkin.