Stark's Sweetmeat Apricot?

cillinAugust 5, 2013

Does anyone have a Stark's Sweetmeat Apricot?

The kernel is edible; used as a substitute for an almond.

How hard is it to shell? Taste? The flavor of the apricot?

I wonder if this variety has any Hunza apricot parentage?

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
carolync1(z8/9 CA inland)

Stark Sweetheart is a pretty good apricot. Not adapted here because its chill requirement is too high, so I've only gotten a few fruits. The shell is as hard as a regular apricot pit. The nuts taste a lot like almonds. Not quite up to the standards of the typical commercial almond, maybe a little firmer. Different shape.

When I was a child, our family had a Chinese apricot. It is also a sweet pit variety. We cracked the seeds in a vise and enjoyed the nuts. Fruit is a little soft, but flavor is sweet and quite intense when fully ripe. Montrose is another late-blooming sweet pit variety. Ripens a few weeks later than Chinese, I think.

Someday, I hope to get a Robada, a sweet pit variety more suited to our climate.

This post was edited by carolync1 on Tue, Aug 6, 13 at 2:35

    Bookmark   August 5, 2013 at 6:38PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
alan haigh

Can't speak from experience, but I've heard that squirrels are crazy about them.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2013 at 8:16PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
strudeldog_gw

I planted a Robada this spring, I did not know it was a sweet pit, where did you find that info. Bonus for me I guess as I had not seen it marketed as such.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2013 at 8:59PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
franktank232(z5 WI)

I have Hunza..have never even tried the pit..i should go grab one and see...still a couple out there.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2013 at 9:36PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
lkz5ia

Don't know how fast everyone has their apricots bear, but I planted one in 2004 and this is the first year it produced fruit for me, was worth the wait, was like 3000 fruit in it, been going on for couple weeks.

This post was edited by lkz5ia on Tue, Aug 6, 13 at 0:11

    Bookmark   August 5, 2013 at 10:50PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
carolync1(z8/9 CA inland)

Robada's patent identifies it as a sweet pit variety, Strudeldog. "no amygdalin detectable by taste".

    Bookmark   August 6, 2013 at 12:48AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
cillin

lkz5ia

Your sweetmeat apricot and nut look great. How does the nut taste compare to a store bought almond? I read somewhere that the Hunza store their apricot pits intact until they need to prepare some for eating. And they roast them rather than eat them raw.

How does the apricot flesh compare in eating quality?

    Bookmark   August 6, 2013 at 3:25AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
lkz5ia

Haven't tried almond and the apricot kernel side by side to get a good idea of the difference, but I would think almonds would have some advantage to be better, otherwise nobody would be growing them if apricot could produce a nut that is just as good.

Apricot itself was good, but can't really give good opinion on that either since before eating this one, all I had ate in the past was the manchurian bush apricots and some of those are spitters.

If almonds are important to you, in zone 6, you can grow them. I had some young almonds growing and they did fine with -15F, but flaked out when it hit the -20s. Wasted a lot of money on those and jujubes.

    Bookmark   August 10, 2013 at 12:47PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Help me choose fruit varieties to grow in NJ and nurseries
I have been reading some old posts regarding the fruit...
bemonkey Zone 7 South New Jersey
Blueberries on a slope, how to grade soil?
Hey everyone, I was planting blueberries on a sloped...
towsonite
Fuyu Persimmon
I purchased a fuyu last year from fast-growing-trees.com....
elizabethk1
Urgent grafting advice: Experiment Antonovka +/- B9 interstem
You can read my previous posts to see photos of my...
hungryfrozencanuck
Can I store apple rootstock in the fridge?
I'll be getting a couple apple rootstocks the first...
edweather
Sponsored Products
Laser Wall Sconce by Tango Lighting
$324.00 | Lumens
Cierro Apricot Matte Bronze Three-Light Mini Pendant
$688.50 | Bellacor
Sonneman | Delano Wall Sconce
$250.00 | YLighting
Area Rug: Larvik Flame Orange 3' Round
$80.97 | Home Depot
Rocky Coast Duvet Cover
$109.99 | Dot & Bo
Cadillac King Black Leather Platform Bed
Zuri Furniture
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™