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  • Fresh are coming!

    Fresh Blenheim apricots will be available after July 4.,Frequently asked …

  • Spring time!

     Nothing is more beautiful than apricot trees in full bloom. See our …

  • Running low on slabs

    We'll be discontinuing out big bag of slabs as we're running short....very …

About ApricotKing

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.


Patti and Gary Gonzales, Hollister, CA

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AK News

Free Trio of Chocolates

All orders over $100 receive a little chocolate apricot gift.Orders through Sept. 25 get this tasty treat:hand-dipped jumbo apricots in dark chocolate.

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We're carefully adding our chocolate dipped.They're perfect....but we're afraid to send in the hot weather.They are available for purchase if you live in a placethat is below 80 degrees.

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Stupid Questions that bug me:

What is a SlipPit?  (read the description)Are they this year's crop?  (plastered all over the site)What is an Orchard Blend?  (again...asked and answered) Do you buy other apricots of other varieties and mix them in the Blend?(We don't touch anything but our own apricots)Are they all Blenheims?  (OMG THAT'S ALL WE GROW) Can I get a [...]

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The 2023 Crop

The very last fresh apricots were cut on August 2.That's unheard of.....such a late harvest.Give us a few weeks to do the processing:scraping off trays, washing, sorting, cleaning, packing, & labeling the best apricots in the world..Thank you for your patience.Here comes the 2023 crop: SlipPits are coming back next week.Slabs are back in town!The [...]

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It's Done!----- Not a fresh apricot in the house.

Our 2023 season turned out remarkably well.Outstandingly   surprising  AMAZINGLY WELL.We watched our neighbors get about 10% yield from their orchards.We predicted 50%......but kept seeing more and more fruit.....and I'm talking big, jumbo, peach-sized fruit.Total yield:   about 95%of last year's 210 fresh tons.Go figure......

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And now....the end is near.

Final week.........we're picking it all .We're cutting every last fresh one.Short season.  Light crop.

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Like Horses at the Starting Gate:

We're ready to go.Just a few more days and we'll start picking.Most of our neighbors have 10-15% of a crop.We're lucky to have about 50% of a crop.Fresh Blenheims at all the Farmer's Markets $5 per lb

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Fresh Blenheims

The 2023 crop looks promising but we have about 50% of a crop. Therefore, we will be using most of our crop for our dried apricots. We will be selling very few fresh cots. It will be $5 per lb...depending on the pick. Looking at July 1st-11th.

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ApricotKing is encouraged by the outlook

Looking good for ApricotKing.We got in there and sprayed our 7000 Blenheims with an oil to protect the first bloom.Other were no so lucky.After 17 inches of rain, our neighbors have nothing.We have a second and the rare third bloom.....and we have a crop.We'll even have to do some thinning.

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Puddles are back!

And  PUDDLES are back.in stock.........just in time for our daughter's wedding.We'll add puddles to our  delicious wedding favor box for  our 200 guests.Happening January 21

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