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Summer: the time of fresh fruit Answered

Summer is almost here in the Northern Hemisphere, and school is out (at least where I live).  All the beautiful trees will soon be producing wonderfully sweet fruits for human and non-human passers-by to gorge themselves on.  With Pears, Apples, Plums, Peaches, Cherries and more, immeasurable numbers of fruit tree species are out there. 

What are all of your favorite fruits, and what do you do with them?  Do you eat them raw and whole, in a pastry, jellied, dried, or some other way?

Personally, I think Plums fresh from the tree take the cake, but all fruits are delicious.

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Goodhart

7 years ago

tincanz....I feel the same way about apricots.....ummm um, freshly picked and ripe. I could eat fresh peaches however, until they came out my ears LOL (peaches, cherries, and apples are great in pies too).

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tincanzGoodhart

Reply 7 years ago

OOH, cherry pie.... yum!

what climate do apricots like? I live in a state that got snowfall a week ago, so it doesn't have a very wide variety. I might try apricots, though, if the could live.

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Goodharttincanz

Reply 7 years ago

From Wikipedia: Although the apricot is native to a continental climate region with cold winters, it can grow in Mediterranean climates if there is some cool winter weather to allow a proper dormancy. The dry climate of these areas is good for fruit maturation. The tree is slightly more cold-hardy than the peach, tolerating winter temperatures as cold as −30 °C or lower if healthy. A limiting factor in apricot culture is spring frosts: They tend to flower very early, meaning spring frost can kill the flowers. Furthermore, the trees are sensitive to temperature changes during the winter season. In their native China, winters can be very cold, but temperatures tend to be more stable than in Europe and especially North America, where large temperature swings can occur in winter. Hybridisation with the closely related Prunus sibirica (Siberian apricot; hardy to −50 °C but with less palatable fruit) offers options for breeding more cold-tolerant plants...The Apricot.

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tincanzGoodhart

Reply 7 years ago

That's very interesting. I will have to get my hands on some apricot trees.

Come to think of it, my neighbor has a tree that appears apricottish, so I guess they would do fine here.

Thank you for the info,
Tincanz

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Goodharttincanz

Reply 7 years ago

You're welcome. I remember my Grandparents had a few sour cherry trees and made these marvelous cherry pies every year around the holidays. There is something about the apricots and peaches though that just draw me in....maybe the sweetness ;-)