Advice on harvesting apricots
I've got my 1st crop of apricots on a mature tree on a property we bought 8 years ago. It seems every spring something had caused fruit set to fail till now. The problem I have is it seems the fruit are all falling before being completely ripe. I was picking just now and fruit were literally falling off into my hands, shaking a branch at all caused a shower of fruit to fall! But most of these fruit still had some green. It was rare to find fruit on the tree without some green, but half the crop has already fallen to the ground.
Do I just bag ripen? Or not even bother with that if I'm making jam? Most recipes call for ripe fruit, yet I've seen many peach recipes (I've got peach trees too) that call for using slightly under ripe for jam. Any advice would be welcome, my family adores apricot jam and dried apricots.