Loving the Apricot Season in Provence and Recipes
I think that apricots are one fruit that signals the arrival of summer in Provence. Stonefruit apricot or the Latin name Prunus sect. Armeniaca, are related to plums. The fruit grows on a small tree, about the same size as an olive tree. While it’s not unusual to see apricot trees growing in the wild in the Alpilles and parts of Provence, there are many commercial growers. In addition, the hot, dry Mediterranean climate suits the apricot, which is why the fruit grows in many countries around the region and the middle east.
The cultivation of apricots began in China well over two centuries ago. As trade opened along the Spice Route, the apricot made its way to the middle east and eventually to current-day Europe.
Typically, the delicate pink blossoms appear on the trees in February. Relative to Turkey, Iran and Italy, France is not a significant global producer. In France, the most common varieties are the Bergeron and Orange de Provence. The season for ripe apricots in Provence is short, typically from June until the end of August. So, with that in mind, here are some recipe ideas for the season.
Recipes with Apricots
It’s summertime so there are no (or should not be) rules about ice cream. This recipe from Maison Mirabeau almost screams summer with apricot and lavender tastes just like a mouthful of Provence!
If you are looking for a sweet toast to summer grab some apricots and start baking a delicious apricot cake! The recipe is just as tasteful with peaches if that is your preference.
Apricot tarte tatin is a quick and easy dessert provided by Canadian chef Jake Laderoute.
The perfect combination of apricots, honey, and almonds over yoghurt cream. The recipe comes from a cooking class at The Jean Martin Company.
Learning a new dessert recipe is always a fun time to try with friends. Cook’n with Class created a recipe using apricots and chocolate ganache.
Every once and a while, you need comfort food that fills you with warmth. This apricot tart is the perfect recipe to leave you feeling happy and satisfied.
Apricots can be enjoyed in more forms than dessert. This main course is a North African meal filled with spice that brings together chicken, carrots, and apricots.
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