One of the tastiest fruits, Apricots are delicious eaten fresh, canned and dried. Very popular in many regions of the world, they are best when fully ripe, sweet, tender and juicy. The cold wet winter and spring in the Pacific Northwest, west of the Cascade Mountains, has made growing Apricots a significant challenge here. We offer, and continue to search for, reliable Apricot varieties for our region, including Apricot relatives such as Flowering Apricots and Plum Hybrids.
This Apricot cousin, also known as Ume Plum, is an attractive and easy to grow small tree that is very popular in Japanese gardens. Our unique varieties feature profuse, deliciously fragrant flowers that bloom as early as February 1st in our region. The tart, flavorful and intensely aromatic, apricot-size fruit ripens in August and is often candied, pickled in salt or used to make a delicious syrup.
This popular variety is prized for its abundant, beautiful, fuchsia-red blooms, red tinted foliage, and large, orange-red fruit that looks like a small apricot. Kanko Bai’s fruit is particularly good for preserving, pickling and making syrup.