Apricots in Minnesota?!
Apricots in Minnesota?! Yes! And they’re delicious!
Fruits of the City started off the 2011 gleaning season this week harvesting an apricot tree. Although I’ve known that apricots can grow here I have never personally had the privilege of harvesting one. The challenge of growing apricots in Minnesota is not that the tree itself isn’t hardy, but rather that they blossom early in the spring and a late frost can kill off the flowers so that no fruit forms. This was not the case with this particular tree that was donated to Fruits of the City. Our challenge came in the form of four-legged furry creatures who wanted the fruit as much as we did. As we waited for the fruit to ripen I would check on the tree periodically. I noticed that the squirrels were enjoying it immensely. Finally it was ready to harvest and I’m happy to say that the squirrels left some for us. I was so delighted to drop off such a treat to the local food shelf. So thank you apricot tree owner (and squirrels) for the gift!