Do You Know What Kind of Fruit Tree This Is?

Not cherry. Not pear. Here's a hint: I took these photos as the sun came up in Patterson, California. What does that have to do with it? Read on.

Patterson is a town about 90 miles southeast of San Francisco, and it is the.... Apricot Capital of the World!

I'm just passing through Patterson, and I had no idea there would be acres of flowering apricot trees just a minute down the road from my hotel. It was 6:30 a.m. when I took these pictures (on the side of the road, in my pajamas, thank you very much). The cool, gray light gave way to sunshine as I stood there trespassing.

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These trees rival the cherry trees in Washington, in my opinion. I only wish there were actual apricots on the branches; the fruit won't be ripe for the picking until early summer. In the meantime, here are a few of the Kitchn's fresh apricot recipes... If I'm ever back in Patterson during a harvest, I'll be ready.

Apricots with Candied Rosemary Walnuts and Cream
Almond Cream Cheese Apricots
Apricot and Biscuit Crostata
Roasted Apricot Ice Cream with Almond Praline Ripple

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Related: LA Farmers' Market Report: Blenheim Apricots

(Images: Elizabeth Passarella)