From mid-May to mid-September, the regions’ apricots regale our taste buds and brighten our days 🙂
Such a beautiful piece of fruit ! This prolonged period of availability is due to the large number of varieties cultivated in France.
4 main varieties of the Provence
Bergeron (22.4% of the French orchard) ;
Orangé de Provence (14.3%) ;
Orangered (5.3%) ;
These are the four largest crops of this regions’ apricots.
The ones you see here on all of my pictures are the Bergarouge.
Easily recognizable by their deep orange colour and large size.
They are juicy, very sweet and have very low acidity.
Available from late June through late July.
An entire month of pure and extreme Summer Sweetness !
3 growing regions
Roussillon, Gard-Crau and Rhone Valley-Baronnies together account for virtually all of France’s apricot production. These 3 growing regions are particularly well suited to apricot, and are complementary in terms of varieties and harvest seasons. Apricot orchards contribute to the beautiful scenery of southern France, with its plains and hillsides such as here on this picture… Apricots with a Mont Ventoux view!
A word from the grower
“Apricot trees in the wild are happy in non-irrigated areas and have no problem in dry soils. But in the orchard, we like to provide at least some irrigation to improve the appearance and flavour of the fruits.”
Apricots are synonymous with sunshine. The Ancient Persians called them “sun eggs” 🙂
It is only logical that virtually all of France’s production comes from the country’s sunniest regions, known for their mild spring weather. This is the ideal setting because apricot is an early-blooming species. The soil of these regions is just right for apricot trees, which do not mind dry soil but fare poorly in excessive moisture.
Apricots and vineyards
In France’s apricot-growing regions, apricot culture is often associated with vineyards. Why is this so?
In addition to the fact that both cultures need sunshine and are susceptible to spring frost, they are complementary in terms of their agricultural calendar: when there is work to be done in the vineyards, there is less to do in the orchard, and vice versa.
Oh yes, and they’re very healthy!
The highest level of vitamins is provided by vitamin A and C, essential for maintaining your optimal vision, healthy skin and for protection against lung and mouth cancers. Apricots help prevent heart disease by keeping your cholesterol levels in the normal range, while the dietary fiber keeps your system running smoothly. On top of this, the potassium helps regulate your heart rate and blood pressure.
Apricot is simply a Juicy Life Saver!