Apricots Varieties

  1. Apache

    Ripens the first week in May
    A delicious apricot developed by Agricultural Research Scientists in California. It boasts a sweet, delicate flavor with a pleasing aroma. The fruit is average size with a pinkish-orange skin with an orange flesh that is finely textured.
  2. Castlebrite

    Ripens in early June
    One of the first apricots of the season. The fruit is medium size and turns golden yellow when ripe. It has a firm texture and a mild sweet flavor that is good for fresh eating. It is a good pollinator to help increase production on Robada even though it is self-fertile.
  3. Golden Sweet (PP#8,932)

    Ripens just ahead of Patterson
    Has a very nice size with an orange-yellow color. It is best for eating fresh and drying with a nice quality taste and firmness. Golden Sweet is a self-fertile tree that is productive and has a moderately vigorous growth habit.
  4. Helena

    Ripens around June 20, slightly behind Katy, but ahead of Golden Sweet and Patterson
    A USDA release apricot. The fruit is large and firm with a sweet flavor and moderate acidity. The skin color is yellow to orange with no blush. It has been known to freckle in wet Springs.
  5. Katy

    Ripens about May 28
    Introduced in 1978 and continues to be a popular choice. A red-blushed fruit that is large and firm with a very good flavor. It is an early shipping variety that has low chilling characteristics.
  6. Lorna

    Ripens between Castlebrite and Helena
    A very large and very flavorful USDA variety apricot that can be delicate and require some special handling. Requires summer pruning to achieve optimum harvest.
  7. Modesto

    Ripen about June 15
    A very early and heavy producer. The fruit is large with a deep color orange and a good flavor. It has been widely used successfully as a freezing apricot.
  8. Patterson

    Patterson is a consistent, heavy producer of a large fruit that is nice and firm and highly-colored. It is a versatile apricot used for canning, freezing, drying and fresh market use. Large size, fairly round. Fair to good flavor, with not much juice. Streaked red over yellow.
  9. Robada (PP#9,890)

    Ripens June 15–20
    A USDA variety with excellent color, and high blush. It has a good upright growth habit and uses Castlebrite for a pollinator.
  10. Royal Blenheim

    Ripens about June 25
    A firm, high-flavored fruit. The fruit is used for juice, freezing, drying and fresh market.
  11. Tilton

    Ripens about July 1
    An old time apricot that produces a large, somewhat elongated fruit that is light orange in color. The fruit is firm and primarily used for canning and drying.
  12. Westley

    Ripens about July 7
    A very high quality apricot with good color. The fruit is very large and flavorful. It is excellent for drying as well as fresh eating.

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Ripening dates shown are approximate for Fresno and will vary with season and location.