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Prunus armeniaca ‘Patterson’ or the Patterson Apricot is named after the country town of Patterson in California USA that was once a leading apricot producing region for the United States and still celebrates apricots with its annual apricot fiesta. This variety originated in 1968 in California selected by Frederic W. Anderson. It reliably produces a large crop of large, firm fruit that have a bright orange flesh with freestone. Very good for canning, bottling and used for drying, freezing, and eating fresh. It’s popular for commercial growers as it can be harvested mechanically and transported well.
• Pollination Group: self-fertile so no other pollinators needed
• Uses: eating, bottling, canning, preserving, drying, freezing
• Harvest: January
• Chill requirement: 600 hours
• Features: bright orange flesh, excellent for preserving