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Cot-n-Candy apricots are available for a short time in early summer.
Cot-n-Candy Apricots are also known as Cot-n-Candy White Aprium®. This variety is an inter-specific apricot that includes both apricot and plum in its parentage. The Cot-n-Candy apricot is a freestone stone fruit, meaning the hard pit will easily separate from the surrounding pulp when ripe. This is a proprietary variety of apricot developed through open pollination at Zaiger Genetics in Modesto, California. Zaiger filed their patent for the Cot-n-Candy tree in December of 2005, they were granted the patent a few years later in 2007.
Cot-n-Candy apricots are a white flesh apricot-plum hybrid, also known as an aprium. These inter-specific apricots are round, medium sized fruits, with a firm, smooth texture. Cot-n-Candy apricots have a medium thick skin, orange in color with a light blush where exposed to the sun. The pulp varies in color from cream to light orange, is moderately juicy, and boasts a desirable balanced sweet and acidic flavor.
Cot-N-Candy apricots are best for fresh eating out of hand or in dessert dishes. Complementary flavors include arugula, shallots, fennel, pistachios, almonds, white balsamic vinegar, honey, plain yogurt, berries, honeysuckle, and mild cheeses such as ricotta, Brie and marscapone. Store at room temperature to allow ripening then store in the refrigerator for only a few days.
The Cot-n-Candy variety of apricot tree was developed in Zaiger Genetics’ experimental orchard located near Modesto, California. The trees were grown from seed collected from open pollinated apricot seedling selections from the company’s proprietary inter-specific seedlings. The proprietary parent of the Cot-n-Candy apricot originated from the crosses between the Tri-Gems apricot, Modesto apricot, Friar plum, Splash Inter-specific and a propriety plumcot and a white apricot of unknown parentage. A successful budded seedling that exhibited desirable fruit was selected in 1998 for additional propagation and eventual commercialization. Zaiger Genetics filed a United States Plant Patent for the Cot-n-Candy apricot in 2005.
Recipes that include Cot-n-Candy Apricots. One is easiest, three is harder.
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