Angelcot: The Perfect Apricot

Have you ever really tasted a perfect apricot? Oftentimes, the flavor might be good, but the texture might be dry and mealy. Sometimes, the fruit is juicy, but the flavor is weak. However, Frieda’s Specialty Produce wants fruit lovers to know that the perfect apricot does exist, and it’s called an Angelcot®.

This elusive white-flesh apricot is grown in Central California and has a limited season, but those who have the opportunity to taste the Angelcot® will tell you that no other apricot compares.

Angelcots® are a specialty hybrid of Moroccan and Iranian apricot varieties. There are only a few acres of this special fruit in the world. They have a very pale yellow skin color with a pale peach blush and a very fine velvety fuzz. The inside flesh is extremely juicy with the texture of a perfectly ripe nectarine with the delicate yet intense sweet flavor of an apricot.

These tree-ripened, hand-packed fruits are as close to divine as a fruit can be. Angelcots® are much juicier than a typical apricot and possess a beautiful balance of acid and sugar with a buttery, tropical, perfume-like sweetness.

You haven’t tasted an apricot until you sink your teeth into a heavenly Angelcot®!

Also, check out Karen Caplan’s (CEO of Frieda’s) recent blog post about the story of Angelcots.

Fresh Angelcot® Tart
This simple no-bake tart is a great way to showcase the natural sweetness and juicy texture of white-fleshed apricots.

6 to 8 Angelcots® (peeled if desired), pitted and sliced (3 cups)
1 block (8 oz) nonfat cream cheese, sliced
½ cup raspberries
¼ cup sugar
1 pre-made graham cracker pie crust (or pre-baked tart shell of your choice)
½ cup seedless raspberry jam

Mix the cream cheese, raspberries and sugar in a medium bowl and beat with an electric mixer for 2 minutes, until smooth. Spread over the pie crust and arrange the Angelcot® slices decoratively over the top.

Melt the raspberry jam in a small saucepan over low heat. Spoon over the peaches. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.

Adapted from “Peaches and Other Juicy Fruits” by Olwen Woodier (Storey Publishing: 2004)