Exceeding all expectations this Blenheim apricot season

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Blenheim apricots have a fleeting season and can be found for a mere four to five weeks at farmer’s markets. Photo by Gillian Ferguson.

Market correspondent Gillian Ferguson catches up with Mike Cirone of See Canyon, who has a bumper crop of Blenheim apricots. He explains the method of dry-farming and how the lack of irrigation created the large harvest of his 75-year-old trees. Look for firm fruit with a bit of green when choosing apricots, as they ripen from the inside out. Sherry Yard has been buying apricots from Mike Cirone for years. As pastry chef for Spago, Yard used Blenheims for marmalades, ice creams, and an Austrian dish called Topfenknödel. Her latest project, Bakery by the Yard, comes to El Segundo this fall.



Evan Kleiman