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Since 1946, the Gonzales family has grown the rare and fabulous California Blenheim apricots. Grown on our Hollister ranch, we continue to be the farmer, pruner, dryer, packer, and seller of the vanishing Blenheim apricot. We produce the best tasting apricots in the world all "Home Grown in the Flavor Zone"!
In addition to our incredible dried apricots, be sure to discover our variety of nuts (walnuts, pistachios, almonds) and other dried fruits (peaches, pears, prunes, and more). For those who believe less is more, we have dark and delicious unsulfured dried apricots. And don't forget our sweet and tart selection of apricot jams and syrups as well as our decadent chocolate covered fruits and nuts. Simply delicious! Everything here on the ranch is organically grown.
Posted by PKG on Aug 15th 2018
Just a few more days til the leathers are ready to go.
The Cadillac of the Line is back in bags, bulk, and gift rounds.Not every apricot can grow up to be a slippit.....this year proved very challengingto find the biggest and the best to become slippits.
2018 Bulk orders are now available.We have Slabs, Choice, and Extra-Choice available in the Bulk sizes.Slabs are the sweetest and costliest......but oooh soooo tasty.Extra Choice are smaller and just fine for snacking.Choice apricots are more smaller, a little more tart in flavor, and a perfect choice for jamming or baking or eating.I use to hand these [...]
The 2018 crop is off the trays.Now it's time for washing. We'll wash (imagine a tumbling rotating washer with holes) eachand every apricot we cut. Just a short day of laying the washed trays of apricots in the sun......and it's on to packing.
We've spent the entire week scraping the fruit off the trays. This consists of 10 men pushinga paddle/scraper on a moving tray line. Trays are dumped into several bins......The bins are dumped into a machines that shakes and shakes the dried cots. They fall into holes according to sizes. Looks like more than 70% of [...]
Seems I lied.....the end of the season is inches away..........but the fruit I still ripening on the trees.Got another few tons out there....and cool weather (like we wish we had two weeks ago).......leaves us fresh fruit until the 25th. The finish line is the 25th, you say???? It's a crazy year. Some years we're finished on [...]
By Wednesday all the fresh will be gone.We will have stripped the trees and cut every last one of the lovely (sunkissed) Blenheimsfor the 2018 season....They'll dry for 3-5 days.Fruit assessment: smallish, no large fruit at all. tasty as always Sun damaged from too much heat while they were still green. Tonage: disappointing...not the harvest [...]
Yikes....the sun hit us at just the wrong time. Five days of 95 degree heat hasruined our crop. I've never seen sunburned fruit....brown wounds....on 90% of the2018 crop......Still tastes great, but it's small and wounded. When it dries it willlook partially brown. I'll call it Sunkissed Blenheims......but we're terribly disappointed thatMother Nature has dealt us this [...]
The Beautiful Blenheim season has begun......and of course, we're having a heat wave. ha!Blenheims are picked in three separate pickings....the first is where you tip the trees (just the farthest-outfruit) . The second pick is our big one....where all the fruit is ready at one time. T(hink of theKentucky Derby out there) The final pick is [...]