HOLLIS, N.H. — Fourth of July weekend is nearly upon us! In addition to cherries, New Hampshire grown apricots are becoming available this time of the year. While grown by only a few New Hampshire Fruit Growers Association (NHFGA) members, apricots are another local, NH-grown fruit to try.
Apricots are highly sensitive to temperature, so they are grown only in the southern portion of New Hampshire. According to the 2017 New Hampshire Census of Agriculture only 15 farms in the state grow apricots covering about 3 acres of land in total. After blooming early in the spring apricots have a short harvest window at the end of June or early July. Their delicate nature means they must be picked by hand when still firm.
Apricots are a stone fruit and can be eaten raw or used in a variety of ways. They are a versatile fruit that can be used in both savory and sweet dishes. They are often used to make glazes for meat dishes, or they can be made into breads and desserts.
Give the apricot a try this summer! To see if there is an orchard with apricots near you, check out the NHFGA website at https://www.nhfruitgrowers.
About the New Hampshire Fruit Growers Association:
The NH Fruit Growers Association (NHFGA) is a non-profit association made up of tree fruit farmers, commercial, and supporting members who share a passion for New Hampshire-grown apples, peaches, cherries, plums, and pears. Among the association’s approximately 30 member orchards and farms, there’s diversity in size, fruit, and farm products, but they all gladly share the hard work of taking great care to grow quality fresh fruit for their customers. Keep up with NHFGA on Facebook and Instagram (@NHFruitGrowers) for nutrition information, fun facts, recipes, and more!
–New Hampshire Fruit Growers Association