An apricot love affair

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Apricots are thought to have originated in China some 4,000 years ago. They were seeded in California in the early 1900s. Now 95 percent of the nation’s apricot crop is grown right here in the Golden State.

Sometimes a fruit simply should not be missed. That’s the case with the Golden Sweet, a tantalizingly sweet (and tart at the same time) apricot you can find at the Santa Monica Farmers Market for two beautiful weeks. The apricots come from Frog Hollow Farm in Brentwood up in Northern California. Frog Hollow has been certified organic since 1989, using a combination of seaweed, fish, limestone and compost to help cherry, peach and apricot trees thrive.

At her bakeries, coffee and tea shops in LA, pastry chef Valerie Gordon is tossing the apricots with toasted almonds, fresh basil, honey, olive oil and crème fraîche. Find her recipe below. Let the love affair begin.

Apricot Salad with Cake Croutons (Photo courtesy of Valerie Confections)
Apricot Salad with Cake Croutons (Photo courtesy of Valerie Confections)